It is a rare opportunity to see and hear all of Gleneagle’s award-winning ensembles in one music-filled night. The annual fall concert did just that in the MPR, with everyone from the music department performing for the first time this year on October 24.
The junior and senior concert bands, the concert choir, vocal jazz and jazz band all performed for a crowd of friends and family. The selection of music was diverse with pieces from a wide range of genres and a piece with its roots in the Squamish First Nation. One of the pieces for senior band was composed and arranged by Benjamin Sigerson, grade 12. Sigerson’s piece is titled “Open Window in a Storm.”
“I just wanted to write something for the band and one thing led to the other and the piece sort of made itself,” explained Sigerson. “Any musician would do my music justice, because I feel honoured just to hear something I’ve made be played, but I think the senior band did really well,” added Sigerson.
“The second piece was “Gathering of Eagles” which was composed by Robert Buckley, a local composer, a piece he wrote [with] direct permission from the chief of the Squamish Nation,” explained Edward Trovato, music teacher. “The base melody comes from the Squamish [Nation], and then he scored it for concert band.”
“We need to be doing more with aboriginal music, arts, and customs,” added Trovato. “The “Gathering of Eagles,” was a much more straightforward, easy piece to start off the year, but “Open Window” had rhythms some people had never seen before,” said Han Sol Jin, grade 11.
Even though there were some struggles, the senior band pulled through, giving the audience a unique experience.
“The concert went pretty well and the choir was pretty error-free,” said Kayla Price, grade 10, and member of the junior band, jazz band, vocal jazz and choir. “Vocal jazz went a little better than I thought. We were a bit low on energy before the concert, but we pulled through and had fun on stage,” added Price.
“The pieces we played were what I consider a warm up to begin the year, and as we go along we’ll be playing even more beautiful pieces,” added Jin. The next concert is the winter concert in December. “The Christmas concert is called “Carols by Candlelight.” We do a huge variety of Christmas, Hanukkah and winter songs,” concluded Trovato.