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CMS to Showcase Musical Talents on June 1 and June 2

Come one, come all to the musical performances at Colchester Middle School June 1 and 2!

On Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the CMS gymnasium, the sixth-grade band will perform a total of four pieces—highlights of which are “Baywood Overture” by James Swearingen and a Jerry Nowak arrangement of “Edelweiss.” The sixth graders performed this Nowak arrangement with the seventh- and eighth-grade band at the District Band Concert in March. (For more information about the District Music Festival and the Vermont Music Educators’ Association, visit www.vmea.org/index.php.)

The sixth grade band is comprised of approximately thirty-five students. They meet twice a week to rehearse, and students have been preparing for this concert since January.

The sixth-grade chorus, approximately sixty singers strong, will perform songs from the Broadway hit musical Wicked, as well as some pop songs, tribal African songs, and jazz songs.

On Thursday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m., the seventh- and eighth-grade band, which is about thirty students strong, will perform together publicly for the first time since December. On their program are three pieces that they have been rehearsing since January, including the aptly named “Instant Concert” by Harold L. Walters, which consists of thirty distinct melodies.

The jazz band, which meets weekly after school to rehearse and which is comprised of fourteen seventh- and eighth-grade students, will also perform three pieces on Thursday night. On the program are “In The Mood” by Joe Garland, “Free Ride” (originally recorded by the Edgar Winter Group), and Roger Holmes’s version of “Crazy Train,” all as arranged by Michael Sweeney.

The seventh- and eighth-grade choruses, both also approximately sixty singers strong, will also perform songs from the Broadway hit musical Wicked, as well as some pop songs, tribal African songs, and jazz songs. Several soloists will also perform, some of whom will showcase their own original compositions.

The show choir, which is an auditioned group of eighteen singers, will perform both evenings. These performers spend approximately two hours every Monday after school rehearsing and designing their own dances to songs that they choose. Audiences on June 1 and 2 will enjoy their vocal and dance interpretations of “Disturbia” by Rihanna, “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga, and “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis. Seventh grader Katelyn Schnabel, a talented dancer, singer, and pianist, choreographed the numbers.

Admission is free to both events.

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