It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for members of the Avon Lake High School Symphonic Band as the ensemble played Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 4.
The Symphonic Band, the premier instrumental ensemble in the Avon Lake High School band program, consists of 58 students chosen by audition.
This was an extraordinary opportunity and experience for the students. It comes on the heels of Avon Lake once again being recognized as one of the nation’s “Best Communities for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.
The Band played: Military Escort by Harold Russell Bennett, Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo by Malcolm Arnold, O Magnum Mysterium by Morton Lauridsen (Guest Conductor Dr. John Knight), andMambo from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
Avon Lake Director of Bands, David Eddleman, conducted the concert but Dr. John Knight, Professor Emeritus from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, was guest conductor for “O Magnum Mysterium”.
Many families and friends came to NYC to hear the band perform in Carnegie Hall.
As part of the selection process for Carnegie Hall, the ensemble submitted recordings of their performances of “Children’s March” by Percy Grainger and “Overture to Candide” by Leonard Bernstein.
The Avon Lake community takes pride in its music programs, recognized for the past ten years as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the USA. Avon Lake High School offers a variety of instrumental and vocal performing ensembles, AP Music Theory, Music History, and World Music: Drumming. More than half of the high school student body participates in vocal or instrumental ensembles with 233 of the students playing in instrumental ensembles.