It’s time to sit back, relax and listen to the music of the high school band outside | New


Besides the outdoor setting, the band’s rehearsal at Bradford Area High School on Tuesday showed all the traps of music students doing what they love most – entertaining others.

Marissa Pattison Golden, music director and group principal at the high school, said students in the group rehearsed for an hour-long outdoor concert. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on May 6 at Parkway Field behind the school.

“This will feature the entire instrumental music department,” Golden said. “It will be our orchestra, our wind ensemble and our jazz orchestra brought together.”

The group of 60 students will perform seven arias for community members who will sit in the stands and be asked to follow COVID guidelines by wearing masks and social distancing.

The concert will be an Earth-themed program, with music to include songs such as “Beyond the Horizon,” which is a four-song “Garden Suite”; two additional Earth songs and one song called “Riptides”.

Golden said a second hour-long concert, featuring high school jazz bands and Floyd C. Fretz Middle School, will also be held at 7 p.m. on May 13 at Parkway Field. This concert will also be free to the public, who will be asked to follow the same pandemic guidelines. Both events will begin admitting members of the public at 6:30 p.m.

The songs from the second concert will include popular tunes such as an amplified version of the Sesame Street theme; the theme of the pink panther; “Dance to the Music” a song by Sly and the Family Stone; among others.

Golden has shared some of the challenges of the groups with rehearsals and performances during the last year of the pandemic.

“It has certainly been a challenge to find meaningful musical experiences this year,” Golden admitted. “We have been so limited in our performance opportunities. The Marching Band couldn’t travel as usual, but we were still able to do home shows and soccer games which was really cool.

She said the Christmas show, unfortunately, had not been presented for the community due to the school district being closed with online education at that time.

“We uploaded a recording (of the Christmas concert) to the community,” she added. “So this will be our first live concert this year – (the students) are so excited because they live to perform. This is what we have been working for all year.

“They are very happy to show everything they have done this year,” she continued.

Golden noted that the students in the group had to rehearse indoors using specially designed masks and cover the ends of their instruments with “bell lids.” Covers, however, will not be used on instruments during outdoor concerts.

“We called them ‘play it safe’ kits, the school district helped us invest in those,” Golden said of the masks and blankets. “Everyone had the equipment they needed to stay healthy while forming a group.”

A third concert offered by choral students will take place on May 27, with more details to be provided in the near future.


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