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Categories: General Date: May 22, 2009 Title: Spring Band Concert held at Dalhart High School
Student members of the DISD 6th grade band, 7th and 8th grade band and Golden Wolves band performed at the Dalhart High School Auditorium Tuesday evening, May 19th. Directing the bands were Rick Ball and Daniel Garrett. The evening began with a great deal of energy as Mr. Ball lead the 6th graders in “Strike Force” before ever announcing to the crowd of parents, friends and family that the show had begun.
Mr. Ball congratulated students and parents for the strides the sixth grade students made this year. He commented on how much they had improved since their Christmas concert. This year is the first year to play an instrument for many of the sixth graders. “Festival of the Gladiators” was followed by “Tuba in Cuba” and then they finished with “Furioso” which certainly demonstrated their success this year.
Mr. Garrett took over directing duties for the 7th and 8th grade band. They began with “Wedgewood March” which caused one woman to say out loud, “Wow, what a difference a year makes!” The junior high students were clearly on a path to great musical accomplishments. Their concert continued with “Serengeti Dreams,” “Dance Celebration,” and fantastic performance of “The Dark Knight.” They concluded with “Contempo” a favorite for many junior bands.
The Golden Wolves Band quietly took the stage as Mr. Ball resumed directing. The 36-member band immediately captured the attention of the audience with “Cumberland Cross.” The band includes many award wining soloists who were honored recently and were also recognized at the school board meeting following their concert. Nearly half of the members of the band competed during the school year as soloists and as members of quartets. The band also was awarded highest honors for sight-reading at a recent competition. For those who do not have an understanding of music, sight-reading is the equivalent of accurately reading and intonating a foreign language on the very first reading, not only pronouncing correctly, but also conveying proper meaning. For the students to achieve highest honors demonstrates that they have excellent instruction, familiarity with one another as a band, and that they must practice on their own for many hours each week.
The band performed “Patroville,” an Alfred Reed arrangement of “Greensleeves,” “Woodwind Polka,” and concluded with “Circus Days,” which caused more than a foot or two to attempt to tap along. A special “Gift for Mr. Steele” delighted everyone and showed the student’s affection for their principal. Several students will compete on June 1st. Mr. Ball noted that the swine flu caused a delay in competition.