The Winter Concert of the Boardman High School Bands will be held Wed., Mar. 4, at 7:00 p.m. at the Boardman Performing Arts Center.
The concert will feature the combined Freshman/Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble as well as the Percussion Ensemble and Reverse Osmosis (RVO). Musical selections will include: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Oye Como Va,” “Pevensey Castle,” “Legends in the Mist,” Arabesque,” “Light Cavalry Overture,” and “St. Louis Blues.”
The Percussion Ensemble will open the concert with “Jazz Variants,” a piece the group performed at the recent Ohio Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble competition. The band’s newest ensemble, RVO, is a sax/brass/percussion octet inspired by a New York subway and street performing group. RVO will perform a sax quartet piece called “Fallout.”
Also performing at the concert will be senior soloist Francesca Clause on oboe. She will be accompanied by the Wind Ensemble as she performs two movements of the Oboe Concerto in C minor by Alessandro Marcello.
Miss Clause is a student of Loyal B. Mould who was one a band director in the Boardman Schools many years ago. In addition to being the principal chair oboist in the BHS Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, Miss Clause played clarinet in the Spartan Marching Band and Theater Orchestra, and tenor sax in Jazz Ensemble 3. She will pursue a degree in music at Youngstown State University in the fall.
The concert will allow the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble to perform the music they are preparing for OMEA District 5 Large Group Adjudicated Event. High school concert bands from northeast Ohio will perform three selections for judges, then play a piece they have never seen before for a separate judge. The judges issue ratings based on five levels of performance criteria. Boardman Bands consistently earn superior and excellent ratings each year. The Wind Ensemble is one of only two groups in District 5 entering in Class AA which requires the most difficult music. Symphonic Band performs in Class C. The event takes place at Howland High School on Fri., Mar. 6
Donations of $3/adults and $2/students will be accepted at the door for the Mar. 4 concert. Senior citizens will be admitted free of charge.
The Boardman bands are under the direction of Thomas M. Ruggieri, Timothy P. Tuite, Steven C. Chambers, and Michael J. Shevock.