Twenty-three members of the Colonial Middle School (CMS) Concert Band recently participated in a performance as part of the Montgomery County Middle School Concert Band (Montco Band).
“Montco Band is a great opportunity to show your talent as a musician and have fun,” said CMS student Olivia Eaton. “Even though it takes some hard work, in the end the result is astounding and worth the wait.”
The students traveled to Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham for several rehearsals before coming together the final time for the concert on Saturday, February 2.
“The four rehearsals were good to put everything together, but the best part was the concert,” said CMS student Tilly McLaughlin.
Montco Band is made up of select seventh and eighth grade students from six middle schools in Montgomery County, including Abington, Colonial, Keith Valley, Sandy Run, Springfield Township and Upper Moreland. The band directors from the six schools choose the repertoire and take turns conducting. CMS Band Director David O'Neill worked with the students to perform an arrangement of Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man.
“I liked how it was the best players from different schools, so I was challenged to play better,” said CMS student Audrey Paluszka.
At CMS, the students are now focusing on music for their Spring Band Concert on April 9, which will feature the CMS Concert Band, Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble.