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Symphonic & Wind Ensemble Concert

The JMM Band program’s concert season started with a bang Wednesday, October 24th, at 7:30 p.m., in the Buchhausen Auditorium, when members of the United States Navy Band joined them in performing the first concert of the season. First the Symphonic Band played “Puszta,” composed by Jan Van der Roost, “Beyond the Breaking Tides,” by Christian Earl, and “Ireland: Of Legend and Lore,” by Robert W. Smith. They were followed by the Wind Ensemble, which performed Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin,” a beautiful rendition of Hadyn Wood’s “Mannin Veen,” and “Sinfonia India,” by Carlos Chavez. The audience was treated to a rousing grand finale when all three bands (Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and the U.

I Am Excited!

I am excited I have a six month old and my oldest daughter just started kindergarten. I'll be on the other side of the table for parent/teacher conferences starting tomorrow night. My wife and I share ideas and stories about music and students. I am fortunate. I am excited. Wind Ensemble has worked so hard to earn this level of performance and has worked just as hard to prepare 40 minutes of challenging repertoire in six weeks. At the first Wednesday night rehearsal I shared with them that I was nervous. Not about their performance, but about not everyone showing up to rehearse. They were there with bells on and it was touching to see the dedication. I am excited for them to share their musi

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