Band performs Friday night

Adam Schasel, Staff Reporter

The band program will be performing its annual pre-UIL concert tonight at 7:00 p.m. Featuring pieces that both the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will be performing at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading competition at Allen High School on April 16, this is one of the band’s last competition shows of the school year.

Starting the concert is the Symphonic Band, directed by band director Ali Duck. Duck says her band’s pieces will feature a variety of styles from traditional Susa marches to more contemporary sounds.

“We will be playing ‘The Liberty Bell March’ by John Phillips Susa, ‘The Willows of Winter’ by B.J. Brooks, and ‘Spoon River’ by Percy Grainger,” Duck said.

Following the Symphonic Band will be the Wind Symphony, which will be performing an arrangement of pieces not just for UIL, but as a part of an auditioning process to become the 4A Honor Band of the Texas Music Educators Association. They will be performing “Children’s March” by Percy Grainger, “Give us this Day” by David Maslanka and the Finale from Charles Ives’ “Symphony No. 2.”

Following the pre-UIL concert, the Jazz band, directed by Diana Williams, will be traveling to Collin College Saturday to perform in the Collin County Jazz Festival at 11:00 a.m. They will be performing “Straight No Chaser” by Thollonius Monk, “Dreams Remembered” by Rick Stizel and “VIP’s Boogie” by Duke Ellington.