On Tuesday, January 12th and Wednesday, January 13th, Millburn Middle School will host their annual Winter Instrumental Music Concerts. Both concerts are free to the public and will begin at 7:00 PM in Millburn Middle School’s auditorium. Tuesday’s concert will feature students in the Orchestras, Wind Ensemble, and 7th Grade Concert Band. Students in the 6th Grade Concert Band, 8th Grade Concert Band, and Jazz Band will be highlighted on Wednesday evening.
Mrs. Marie Tracy will lead the orchestra program Tuesday evening with a variety of music for both strings and full orchestra. The 6th Grade Orchestra will be performing Haydn’s famous “Minuet” from his Water Music. Tchaikovsky’s “March” from The Nutcracker will be featured in the 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra program. The middle school’s premiere string ensemble, the Select Strings, will be performing Mendelssohn’s famous “Nocturne” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Meanwhile, the full Symphonic Orchestra will entertain with Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.”
Tuesday night will feature more of the talented wind bands. The 7th Grade Band is performing “Aliens Among Us,” a piece from composer David Gorham, and Murray Houllif’s “A Cowboy Life.” Mrs. Adrienne Blossey will be leading the 7thGrade Band in their performance. The Wind Ensemble, which earned a sixth straight Gold Rating at last year’s North Jersey Middle School Concert Band Festival, will be playing a challenging selection entitled “Brick Street Encounter” by Richard Saucedo. Mr. Brian Fleming will also lead the Wind Ensemble in Steven Bryant’s new composition “The Machine Awakes.”
On Wednesday evening, the 6th Grade Band, under the direction of Mr. Fleming, will be performing a diverse program of music. Included is “Battle Quest,” an exciting piece from composer Mike Forbes, and “Oxford Overture,” from composer Anne McGinty. The 8th Grade Band, conducted by Mrs. Blossey, will be performing “Chorale and March” by Clifton Williams and a wonderful selection by John O’Reilly called “Southern Celebration.” The middle school’s talented Jazz Ensemble will finish the concert by playing the jazz standard “Satin Doll,” and Kenny Dorham’s “Blue Bossa.”