On May 27, the Wind Orchestra and Jazz Band will host an Instrumental Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Ledyard High School auditorium. The emotions of the instrumentalists are mixed as the preparation for the final concert gets closer.
“It really isn’t as heartbreaking as I thought it would be,” senior Catherine Rousseau said. “ I’m happy to have been a part of LHS instrumentals, but I’m excited to move on to other musical opportunities.”
“Really it’s just business as usual. We have been playing this music all year; we just need the audience and we’re all set,” senior Elijah Uttley-Rosado said.
For the students, the memories that have been created throughout this past year is what will allow the departure from Ledyard to be bittersweet. The recent trip to Canada is what stands out for the musicians.
“[In Canada], when some Canadians invited us to their class inside of a science center and we had Canadian bonding time that might be one of my favorite memories. But it is difficult to pick. There were so many great moments,” senior Tom Bora said.
“My favorite memory of band this year has been watching the freshman grow in their skills from the first day of band camp,” senior Lexi Armstrong said.
The last concert of the year allows for groups, such as band students, to showcase their talents and put on a show for the community who supported them. Attendees can expect classic songs and several individual performances.
“The attendees can expect some great soloists,” Uttley-Rosado said. “Ben is playing a huge percussion solo in symphonic band, I have a few solo pieces that might be played, Sasha has a solo piece in jazz band that many people have probably heard before at previous concerts and we have some outstanding guitar and saxophone solos in Jazz Band from Catherine and Tom.”
“The audience can expect a wide variety of music which should be pretty entertaining,” added Armstrong. “The last band concert is always the best one.”
The show marks the beginning of a series of events from Ledyard music kids. The annual Pops show is next weekend then the choral group reunions begin. Sophomore Rayne Saylor had one thing to say regarding the concerts while quoting teacher and band Director Tom Green: “I don’t know what’s gonna happen, but it’s gonna be good”
Megan Brawner, Editor-in-Chief
Senior Megan Brawner is the Editor-in-Chief of the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is the captain of the cross country team and runs Indoor and Outdoor Track. She participates in Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA) Club and is the secretary of the Senior Class. She is the Editor of Key Club. She will attend Central Connecticut State University to study Business next fall.