The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Next Generation

February 24, 2010

Carrel inspires Geneva students with love of music and a drive to perform their best

GENEVA — “And the band plays on!” The Geneva High School Instrumental Music Department will once again entertain us this spring at its annual “March Winds” Concert 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the high school auditorium.

This major concert has been in the works since the end of the GHS football season. During football season, Marching Geneva is the major ensemble; but at its conclusion, the Concert Band provides the performances for the rest of the school year.

The upcoming concert will showcase the repertoire of the Concert Band and the Jazz Band as well as the extensive rehearsals and commitment to excellence that it takes to perform such difficult pieces. The Concert Band will perform “A Carol Triptych,” “A Broadway Tribute,” “Palladio,” “Appalachian Legacy,” “Amparito Roca” and “Bugler’s Holiday,” which features a solo trumpet trio with band accompaniment. The selections to be performed by the Jazz Band have not yet been finalized.

Requirements to be in any of Geneva’s music groups vary. The Marching Geneva and Concert Bands require the ability to play an instrument and the desire to improve and prepare for quality performances. In order to be a member of the Jazz Band, membership in either the Concert or Marching Band and an audition are required. The Concert Band also requires a prepared audition and from that audition each member is placed into a “chair” based upon where he would best contribute to the overall sound of the ensemble. Lastly, the Pep Band requires membership in the Concert Band or, for Geneva students attending Ashtabula County Joint Vocational School, membership in Marching Geneva.

This year, Marching Geneva had 72 members, the Concert Band has 79 members, the Jazz Band has 19 members and the Pep Band has 34 members.

The most important part of being in band is not only to improve, but to enjoy playing.

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