Writer: Clara H.
Visual: Nabil R.
Editor: Gisele F.
The All Bands Concert is an annual event in November where all bands from Middle School (Grades 5 through 8) and High School (Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Symphonic Band) come together to showcase their hard work for the first semester of the year. This year’s All Bands Concert took place last Wednesday (November 27) in the Fine Arts Theater (FAT) from 5:30 to 7:00pm. With the theme being “DECADES,” music from the 1920s all the way to the 2010s was played.
The FAT was packed with parents that came to support their sons and daughters perform. The concert started with the Grade 5 students playing “Doo Bah Doo Bah” (by James Byo), a tradition of the All Bands Concert. For them, this was their first concert in ISM ever. Junior Seyoung K. commented on their performance by saying “Aww… they are so cute! This reminds me of 6 years ago back when I was in fifth grade. I was cute then, too”. Although they are beginners and it seemed they could have used a bit more practice to improve sound quality, their pure love for music really touched the audience.
Then performed Jazz Band, the top and most skilled band group in ISM- along with Symphonic Band. Jazz Band played two songs from the 1970s: “What is Hip?” by Tower of Power and “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin. One of the main highlights of their performance was 11th grade electric guitarist Christian L.’s amazing solo. When asked about how he felt about his performance, he said “I felt bad when I messed up the beginning [of his solo], so I was determined to play better for the next parts. Overall, I feel quite good about how I played.”
After Jazz Band came the combined Grade 6 band and Grade 7/8 beginning band. When they played their 2010s song “Havana” by Camila Cabello, which was the most current pop song played in the concert, it was noticeable how the audience was swaying to the beat and getting the groove on.
The second to the last group to perform was Symphonic Band. They played “Arrows” by Samuel Hazo and “Imperial March” from Star Wars by the famous American film composer John Williams. When asked about the process of practicing for this concert, Sophomore flute player Sora S. answered, “Articulations for the flute parts have been really difficult for me, but over the past months, I really worked hard to perfect my playing.”
For the finale, the concert ended with Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine, performed by all the bands combined. As this song is very familiar and typically a crowd favorite, the audience was clapping, humming along, and filming the students.
Overall, the concert was a great chance for parents to see what their children have been working on since the beginning of the school year. Let’s all congratulate the musicians for their excellent performance!