MILLBURN, NJ - On Thursday night, Millburn High Band members performed in their annual Winter concert.
Students in band groups performed the pieces they have been rehearsing since the beginning of the school year. Band conductors Mindy Scheierman and Matthew Spatz, who have both taught at Millburn for many years, worked hard to select music that would both showcase student talent and provide a fun playing experience.
Rehearsals took place every day during students’ designated music period. However, two weeks before the concert, students also practiced in rehearsals throughout the school day and in the evening. These extra rehearsals were crucial, as the 40 minutes allotted each day is not nearly enough time to delve into the details of the music, especially when accounting for instrument set up and clean up time.
Concert Band played first followed by Wind Ensemble, which is an audition-only group containing the best wind instrumentalists the school has to offer. Then, Symphonic Band Blue and Symphonic Band White performed.
The music each ensemble played shared common themes. For example, Concert Band and both Symphonic Bands played pieces about flight, “The Flying Squadron,” “Heroes of Flight,” and “Aces of the Air,” to name a few. While this is uncommon for high school bands, the choice added a sense of cohesiveness and professionalism.
Each ensemble did have a unique sound, but all the students truly played at an elevated level. The music was smooth and enjoyable. The many months of hard work from the conductors and their students was rewarded by a successful concert and loud audience cheers.
This concert was the first one in 2020 for Millburn High School, marking not just a new year, but a new decade of student potential to grow and continue playing beautiful music.