You’d never guess it was their first public performance as Upper School students. The UCC concert band, comprised entirely of Year 1 students, played beautifully at Fall Music Night, Thursday, Nov. 18 in Laidlaw Hall.
“It was the culmination of lots of hard work in a short span of time,” says head of music Tony Gomes. Under the tutelage of band leader Ashley Scott, the concert band played “Horkstow Grange” arranged by Michael Sweeney and “Hosts of freedom” arranged by Andrew Glover.
Indeed, it was a night of “firsts,” including the polished debut performance of the UCC faculty and staff chorus, On a Lighter Note. With 21 members and an extremely diverse range of performance experience, they sang “Jesus, joy of man’s desiring” by J.S. Bach with accompaniment from the UCC string ensemble and cellist and history teacher Kathryn Brookes.
“This is my first time singing since senior high school,” said academic dean Julia Kinnear as chorus members rehearsed in the Upper School main office prior to the concert. It was also the first choir experience for head of school executive assistant Barb Beecroft. She even learned to read music to prepare for the performance. Then there was the modest but professional-calibre singer and Latin teacher Catharine Erb who’d spent the past summer with the prestigious Tanglewood Festival Chorus in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
The audience of parents and UCC friends also enjoyed performances by the wind ensemble, the Blue Notes, the junior jazz band, the symphonic band, the intermediate jazz band and the jazz ensemble. Congratulations to all musicians for their hard work and talent.