March 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM
RANDOLPH,NJ-The Randolph High School band program presented their annual Bands of Randolph concert this past Tuesday, March 4. The concert showcased the incredible talents of the RHS band programs including the Concert Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band I and Jazz Band II.
The concert included a mix of pieces from various genres. With pieces like "American Elegy," inspired by and dedicated to the victims of the Columbine High School shooting, to “Rockin’ in Rhythm,” a jazz number by the late, great Duke Ellington, every audience member and musician could find at least one song to fit their style.
Ten minutes before the first note was played, the auditorium was already packed full with people waiting for a fantastic concert, and they would not be disappointed. Though the bands used similar instruments, each piece was unique and beautiful in its own way.
By manipulating the melodies through dynamics, tempos, staccatos and legatos, each band was able to persuade the audience into feeling exactly how they wanted them to feel, whether that was excited, frightened, morose or jazzy.
The future of the RHS band program was also showcased when the middle school’s 8th grade band was brought onstage to play alongside the Wind Ensemble for their last song, “Chant and Savage Dance.”
Various students were featured as soloists in each of the ensembles, especially in the two jazz bands. The solos gave a handful of exceptionally talented and dedicated student musicians a chance to be in the spotlight in front of family, friends and peers.