On Wednesday, April 25th, the Lyceum stage was dominated by a mix of black shirted middle school students and Renaissance era people, wielding instruments from the clarinet to the electric bass. This unusual spectacle was the CMHS Band program’s annual Bravo concert. Every year, the students from the Intermediate and Advanced bands gather to play a variety of songs based around a certain theme. This year, that theme was the Renaissance, reflected in the period costumes worn by the Advanced Band.
Beginning with a trumpet fanfare played by Advanced Band members Chris Henrriquez, Paul Tran, Jesus Flores, and Everett Brown, the masters of ceremonies Kyanna Truong, Edwin Quevedo, Loralee Sepsey, and Melanie Kisler descended the aisles of the Lyceum and introduced the concert.
Beginning with the Intermediate Band playing “3 Renaissance Dances,” Mrs. Gilboe vigorously conducted while the large group of middle schoolers showed off the skills they had acquired from years past. After the second Intermediate Band song, “Sword Dance,” the masters of ceremonies invited Mr. and Mrs. Piatti to the front, two Advanced Band parents instrumental in running the Band program’s fundraising activities, including competitions, fireworks stands, and candy sales.
After they were “knighted” by Edwin Quevedo and gave their respective speeches, the Advanced Band appeared on stage to perform their portion of the concert. Dressed in everything from puffy velour pants and feathered hats to Romeo and Juliet-esque dresses, they began with the stately processional “Earl of Oxford’s March.” After this was the greatly contrasting “Music of the English Renaissance,” which featured a sad, depressing march and a lively folk song. Closing up the Advanced Band’s portion was the classical “Themes from Romeo and Juliet.” Due to the 2011-2012 Marching Band field show’s basis in the classic Shakespearean story, Mrs. Gilboe felt that it was an appropriate close to their season.
At the end of the concert, the Intermediate Band joined their older counterparts to play the closing number, “Knights of Destiny.” Greeting by a rising crescendo of applause to match the music played by the musicians that night, Bravo was a successful concert and a great showcase of CMHS’s instrumental talent.