04 Feb 2007

Three Band Members Selected to Honor Band

Three CHS students, Nathan Bush, Aaron Caffarel and Chris Demas, were selected to participate in the District IV Honor Band with rehearsals on January 6th, 11th and 12th in preparation for a concert that was presented in the Pottle Music Building at Southeastern Louisiana University on January 13th. The musicians worked under the direction of Captain Treg Ancelet, Deputy Commander and Associate Conductor of the U.S. Military Academy Band.

The audience was treated to "Selections from ‘Wicked’" from the Broadway musical penned by Stephen Schwartz (arranged by Jay Bocook). Chris Demas, principal French horn for the Honor Band, played a lengthy melodic solo in the well-known selection "Defying Gravity." After "Wicked," the band played "Serenade and Dances" by James Sudduth.

Then it was on to a march with "The U.S. Field Artillery March" written by John Philip Sousa and arranged by Keith Brion. Heard throughout the march was a melody termed by Capt. Ancelet as "the greatest tune ever written," easily recognized as the official song of the U.S. Army ("Over hill, over dale, we have hit the dusty trail, as our caissons go rolling along").

The concert ended with a beautiful performance of "America, The Beautiful" by Samuel Ward and arranged by Carmen Dragon where the soaring French horns left the audience almost breathless.

The CHS students who participated were exposed to new music, a new conductor who taught them new techniques to use to improve their performance, and to students from other schools. The participating schools were Dutchtown, Catholic, Central, East Ascension, St. Amant, and Zachary. All in all, it was a positive musical and educational experience for the musicians.