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Student-musicians perform in All-County band ensembles

photo of HS all county band musiciansOctober 26, 2017 — Seventeen of Glens Falls’ best student-musicians earned the honor of performing in the Saratoga/Warren County Music Educators All-County Band Festival, held at Galway Jr./Sr. High School on Thursday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 21.

Two students were even featured as soloists in the concert—freshman Cailin Harrington, and sixth-grader Aiden Wiggins.

Selected band students from 15 different school districts came together to form three bands under the direction of guest conductors. Students are chosen based on their spring NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) solo grades.

photo of students in concert drress with instrumentsGlens Falls students in the Grade 6-7 Band included Avi Berg, Rosalie Carlsen, Aidan Harrington, Tristan Henry, Carson Rath, Olivia Teta, and Aiden Wiggins.

In the Grade 8-9 Band were Cailin Harrington, Emily Lunt, Eben McGee-Bierman, and Nick Teta.

Performing in the Grade 10-12 Band were Jacob Harmon, Tess Harrington, Scotty Jones, Sean Pettis, Meghan Siergiey, and Trevor Britton.

“All students were awesome representatives of our school district and performed extremely well,” said music teacher Jeremy Bouteiller. “What's especially awesome about Aiden's solo is that he auditioned for it and beat out 7th graders, not just from Glens Falls, but from all the participating districts! They rehearsed for a total about 7 hours and put on a fantastic concert Saturday afternoon. Needless to say, all of these girls and boys did our district proud!"

photo of students in cocnert dress before All-County music performance“Our music teachers keep on discovering, and then cultivating the talent for this kind of experience,” said Middle School principal Chris Reed. “It’s such a great experience and honor for the kids.”

Selections performed by the Grade 10-12 ensemble included Ronald Lo Presti's Elegy for a Young American, which was written in 1964 in memoriam of John F. Kennedy. They also played a difficult composition by Zdechlik, Chorale and Shaker Dance, which is a standard piece in the symphonic band repertoire. Both pieces are NYSSMA level 5 compositions.

The Grade 8-9 group performed a fast, exciting piece titled Metrodance by Randall Standridge, which was inspired by a trip to New York City. 9th grader Cailin Harrington performed a solo on a haunting but beautiful version of All The Pretty Little Horses, arranged by Andrew Boysen, Jr.

The Grade 6-7 band had a featured soloist as well, Aiden Wiggins, in Timothy Loest's Fiesta EspaƱola. They closed off the entire concert with a fun arrangement of the band Blue Swede's Hooked On A Feeling, “filled with plenty of enthusiastic Ooga chakas,” noted Mr. Bouteiller.