Spring Arts Festival Day One – Band Classes

The first day of the Spring Arts Festival was a huge success! The nest was packed with observers and the performers came ready to impress. This night featured High School Jazz Band, Jr. High Percussion, Jr. High Band, and High School Concert Band. Every group did an incredible job and showed the audience once again just what it means to be in a North Pointe arts program.

In its first semester of existence, the North Pointe Jazz Band performed 3 incredible charts for their portion of the concert. They performed ‘Uncle Milo’, ‘Chameleon’, and ‘Vehicle’ which had the audience roaring. This group was made up primarily of concert band and percussion members and was an audition only extracurricular group meeting after school once a week.

North Pointe’s Jr. High Band (made up almost entirely of first semester members and members that were learning a new instrument) did an incredible performance of concert band music showing off their amazing learning achievements throughout this semester. Their concert ended with the ever popular, ‘Everything is Awesome’ from the Lego Movie and was a great joy to listen to as well as perform in.

The Jr. High Percussion group was made up mostly of members that have taken at least one prior semester of percussion and showed great promise in that semester. This class worked primarily on more advanced techniques such as difficult rudiments on the drums, and four mallet techniques on the keyboard instruments. These students performed a mallet only piece called ‘Not The Same’, and a popular youtube music sensation, ‘What Does the Fox Say?’.

Closing out the performance was the North Pointe Prep Concert Band. This group is made entirely of high schoolers and has skill levels of all shapes and sizes. Students that have just started in the current school year as well as students that have been playing for several years. Their concert was based entirely on soundtrack music from films including, The Hunger Games, The Incredibles, ET, The Avengers, and more. One of the highlights of the night was soloist Carissa Pena-Rivas’ emotional performance of, ‘Schindler’s List’ with accompaniment from the rest of the band. Director Chris Holtzem said, “It has been such a privilege to work with such talented students throughout this semester. Each year we’ve been able to continue growing and building and I cannot wait to see what next year will bring us!” He also spoke of the effect the seniors of this class have had on the music program and how sad he is to see them leaving.