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Music department looks forward to multiple concerts


Over the month of March, the music department’s Band, Orchestra and Choir have a multitude of concerts to look forward to.

“I love performing,” percussionist Benjamin Pittman, sophomore said. “If you have an interest in classical music, you should come.”

Pittman, as well as others in the band, express a wide range of feelings as they approach March 5, the day of the concert. The two performing bands, symphonic band and wind ensemble, are performing a wide variety of complicated songs, the more advanced wind ensemble especially so.

The songs that the wind ensemble is expecting to play include “Stardance,” a more modern song that contains a variety of solos and “Irish Tune,” an extremely difficult Irish song based off of the classic Irish song “O Danny Boy.”

Meanwhile, the orchestra looks forward to their concert, where middle school orchestra students will be playing along with Manhattan’s orchestra in their String Day Workshop on March 23.

“It’s pretty fun,” junior violinist Connor Montgomery said. “We get to teach the younger kids more about their instruments.”

Orchestra will be playing the popular classical song “Can Can”. Not only will they be playing it, but they will be reciting it from memory.

Finally, the Choir anticipates their upcoming concert in Rezac Auditorium on March 4. Performing a variety of foreign songs and songs in other languages, Choir members are excited. Not only is it Manhattan students, the concert will also showcase elementary students.

Choir will perform March 4 at 7 p.m Band will perform March 5 at 7 p.m., and Orchestra will perform March 23 at 3 p.m., all in MHS’s Rezac Auditorium.

“We’re going to look sharp,” senior band trombone player Mason Daniels said. “It’s coming along nicely.”

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