Three bus loads of musicians from the Connect Charter School took to the big stage at The Jube (Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium) today. Forming two bands, the Grade 6 and 7 students played in the Calgary Performing Arts Festival (formerly the Kiwanis Festival) in front of eminent Adjudicators Sir William Hughes and Mr Bill Wahl.
Under the direction of Mr Bolen, assisted by Mr Harder, the bands performed a selection from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, then a Scottish Lullaby, concluding with Midnight Missions.
Mr Wahl joined one of the bands on stage and gave the players a Master Class, conducting and talking through some finer points of crescendo, breathing through the sequences, even holding marimba hammers and best posture while playing the flute.
He encouraged the young players to seek out more contrast and “capture what makes the music the most interesting for your audience”. We in the audience loved it. Thanks Connect Charter School Band!
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