By: Nick Austin, Allison Rigler
On Tuesday, the Benicia High School Band Program held their annual Fall Concert in the P.A.B. all three ensembles performed that night (wind ensemble, symphonic band and jazz band). Jazz performed first, they played three pieces titled Big Dipper by Thad Jones, Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most by Tommy Wolf, and Chips n’ Salsa by Gerald Albright.
After a brief intermission, the Symphonic Band performed three songs–two which were different from the set that they played at the last competition, a very impressive feat of preparation on their part. Symphonic Band played Rise of the Firebird by Steven Reineke, Giligia by Alfred Reed, and Abram’s Pursuit by David R. Holsinger.
The Wind ensemble performed shortly after and also had a three song set. Wind Ensemble played Dakota Fanfare by Erik Morales, City Trees by Michael Markowski and Trittico by Vaclav Nelhybel. All three ensembles performed really well, all got compliments from the crowd and from others within the band. Color guard was also at the concert selling food in the lobby to support the band program and many audience members gave donations to the band along with purchasing food. After the concert Band Director Mr. Martin remarked, that the concert was “amazing” and it was a great first concert for the band.