WHS band in concert at 7 p.m. Friday; WMS bands to perform Monday
WORTHINGTON — Two concerts in the next five days will highlight the instrumental band students of ISD 518.
The 130-member Worthington High School concert band, directed by Jon Loy, is up first with its final concert of the 2018-19 school year scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in the WHS gymnasium.
At 7 p.m. Monday, the fifth- through eighth-grade Worthington Middle School bands, led by Mike Andersen and Jeanette Jenson, are set to perform at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center to cap off their musical year.
Loy’s program features a medley from the musical “The Greatest Showman,” as well as arrangements of popular tunes including “Africa,” “Believer” and “Confident.”
The ninth- through 12th-grade musicians will also play James Curnow’s “Fanfare and Flourishes” in honor of the Class of 2019, and the concert will conclude with a patriotic flair as “Marches of the Armed Forces” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” are shared.
In keeping with WHS band tradition, this culminating concert for the 27 seniors in the WHS band includes the presentation of several senior awards. Loy will also recognize Kip Jenson, a junior percussionist who qualified for the Concordia College Honor band, students who performed at the Minnesota State High School League’s solo and ensemble contests, and those who lettered in band.
At 7 p.m. Monday, Jenson’s 75 fifth-grade band students will demonstrate their achievements on instruments most of them began playing only last fall.
They will open with a Mike Andersen-arranged John Williams medley, with well-liked selections from “Star Wars,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Jaws” in the mix. The ever-popular “Linus and Lucy” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is also in the fifth-graders’ lineup.
And the 64 sixth-grade band students under Andersen’s baton are primed to perform three tunes, including an arrangement of “Theme from Jurassic Park” by John Williams and “Gonna Fly Now” (better known as the theme from “Rocky”) by Bill Conti.
Andersen’s combined seventh- and eighth-grade group, totaling 93 students, will continue the movie music theme in their set with recognizable strains from “Superman,” “The Lost World” and “The Black Panther.”
Jaimie Salinas is the guest emcee for the WMS concert.
The Worthington High School concert band performs at 7 p.m. Friday in the WHS gymnasium, 1211 Clary St., Worthington. There is an admission fee, and ISD 518 activity passes and student ID badges will be honored.
The Worthington Middle School bands perform at 7 p.m. Monday at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, 714 13th St., Worthington. There is an admission fee, and ISD 518 activity passes and student ID badges will be honored.