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November 27, 2018
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Preparing For The Christmas Concert

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The Christmas concert is a welcoming place to be with the holidays coming up. Countless Orchestra, Pep Band, and Jazz practices have been spent preparing for the Christmas season.

Carlos Aceves, RenWeb

Many students have just started to play their instrument and have been enjoying it since they started. Carlos Aceves says, “I play the saxophone and I realized that I liked it because of the type of smooth sound it produced and jazz is just for me.”

Cassiday Ward, RenWeb.

Cassidy Ward, Junior, plays for the Orchestra and says, “I play the violin, and I realized once I actually made a nice sound come out of the instrument. I was able to play songs and enjoy them.” Having a devotion to your instrument is the first step to getting better. Wanting to practice every day makes you a sharper performer.

 

Valentino Kadile, RenWeb.

Valentino Kadile, Junior, plays for Jazz and Pep Band. Tino mentions, “I play alto saxophone in both pep band and jazz band.” He loves it because of the range in pitches and how any song can be played. Playing at this concert is an important part of the orchestra, jazz, and pep band even more than just learning the instrument.

Preparing can be one of the most important tasks for improving a student. Some of the struggles have been as simple as one note or being nervous because of stage fright.  Valentino Kadile says, “We have been preparing for this event since the first week of school. For Pep Band, it has been easy for some, since it is the same as last year. However, we had a hard time staying on a beat.” To overcome this problem, many students have been maximizing their class time and trying to perfect their instrument. Nicholas Vallejo, Junior, also plays for the Orchestra and says his struggle is just learning how to keep up with the tempo. He has overcome that by practicing.  Practicing can lead to some amazing future results even though the process might feel slow.

Everyone has a goal for what they expect for their team. Valentino shared his goals: “for Pep Band, we hope to rock the roof off with Zach’s guitar solo and really kill it with the trumpets. For Jazz, we hope that our timing is perfect and that the audience starts tapping their feet.” He believes the song Moondance will really get the audience to interact by clapping their hands and tapping their feet. Carlos Aceves said his goal is to sound smooth and ultimately like a real jazz band. Cassidy Ward stated that her goal for everyone in the orchestra is to play their instruments with perfection.

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