RANDOLPH, NJ—The Randolph high School bands wowed at the Bands of Randolph Concert in the RHS Auditorium.
The concert featured the Randolph High School Concert Band, Symphonic Winds, and Wind Ensemble as well as the RHS Jazz I and II Ensembles. First on stage was the Concert Band, under the direction of Mr. Michael Lichtenfeld, impressing the crowd with Irish Rhapsody to open the evening. “Last night was a great evening. What stood out to me most was how well our band was able to perform this really difficult literature last night”, explained Mr. Lichtenfeld when talking about his bands success.
Following the Concert Band was the Symphonic Winds, led by Ms. Diana May. “The fact that were able to do what we have been working towards which is to play expressively”, said the director about how she felt her ensemble performed.
Following them was the RHS Wind Ensemble led by the illustrious Mr. Nicholas Fantazzi, highlighted by their performance of Percy Aldridge Grainger’s Molly on the Shore. They would cap off their performance by playing Sparks, by Brian Balmages alongside Randolph Middle School’s 8th grade band.
The goal of their joint performance was to try and acclimate the eighth graders into the RHS Music program and was capped off with a speech by RHS Senior Maggie Borinski, who said, “Giving a speech to all the eighth graders was really special because I got to show them how much I love band”, when talking about how excited she was to talk to the younger students.
The student performers were also pleased with how the night went, as RHS Junior and Symphonic Winds percussionist Timindu Kaluarachchige explains, saying, “I thought the percussions parts were really cool and I had a lot of fun performing tonight.”
The night was capped off by performances from the RHS Jazz II ensemble, led by Mr. Nicholas Fantazzi and finally the Jazz I Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Dave Miller who said, “I thought tonight was a fabulous evening not only for the students to express themselves creatively through music but also an opportunity for our young eighth graders to see what the music program can be at RHS”, regarding what the concert means for the program.
The Randolph High Schol Ensembles will be back in action on March 18, 2020 at the NJSMA Region Band Festival at Parsippany Hills High School.
Editor's Note: Richard Williams III is a student at Randolph High School participating in a journalism program