The Clarion

All District Band Concert A Huge Success

By JOANELLE PARRILLA

Selma’s all district band concert was held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Selma High’s gymnasium. The elementary, middle and high school bands participated and performed for this event.

Rehearsing with all ensembles as one may seem stressful especially with all of the elementary kids, however, it was a significant experience for some.

“Since, I was in low brass, we got to play with the elementary school kids,” stated freshman Bella Porras. “It was really humbling, knowing that I was at their level at one point, and talking to them made me really happy because they all love music and they really are the future of our band program.”

Preparing for this concert had many challenges, but everyone was able to manage their time and remain committed.

“The SHS Concert Band had about five class periods in which all students were present,” stated band director Mr. Lima. “All of the band’s freshmen were pulled out for Sex Ed and PE testing. The students worked past this challenge by meeting during lunch and after school in groups to work on music with one another.”

The high school band performed three pieces at the concert. They were “March Grandioso” by Roland F. Seitz, “Rippling Watercolors” by Brian Balmages, and “Great Locomotive Chase” by Robert W. Smith.

There were also some cherishing moments during the event. Principal Mr. Babiarz and custodian Yolanda were gifted with band jackets as a goodbye gift, and drum major Simran Bassi was given the opportunity to conduct the band one last time.

“The highlight of the concert for me was being able to conduct one of the pieces,” stated senior Simran Bassi. “For me, it was a nice closure to my high school band career.”

Overall, the performance was a success although it's not the last performance of the year.

“It is bittersweet to know that we have most of our performances out of the way,” stated Lima. “I find myself very reflective at this point and wishing that there was more time to get that next lesson in. On the other hand, it's nice that we can all start to decompress as we get closer to the end of the year.”