Location: 3325 Bridge Street NW, St. Francis, MN 55070
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There will be a 90-minute late start for all St. Francis Area Schools on the third instructional Wednesday of every month for the 2018-19 school year. These dates include: September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19, January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17 and May 15.
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Spring was in the air and there was a Spring in my step, all because I was headed off to the Spring Band Concert at Saint Francis High School, Thursday May 17th. The night's concert would feature the Symphonic and Concert bands, the Wind Ensemble, and a couple of wonderful bridge interludes featuring groups playing flutes and trumpets exquisitely.
I am constantly amazed, after each band assembly, how much hard work and talent pays off in bold, dynamic performances, on display for proud parents, family and friends alike, in the audience here to cheer on and appreciate these wonderful musicians.
I asked flutist Maizy Lewis, a freshman in the Symphonic Band (also in the Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Drum Line), what made her decide to join band program? She told me that from a very young age, when listening to music, she always had more focus on the background instruments than with the singers and what they had to say, and in her participation in band she has become part of that fascination.
I talked to sophomore Ethan Ter Wisscha, percussionist in the Concert Band (also is in Jazz Band, Marching Band and Drum Line), how he came to the decision of being a percussionist? He said he had a strong piano background through many years of lessons and so the transition was an easy choice .
When I questioned Amelia Engman, also a percussionist, but with the Wind Ensemble (also Drum Line and Marching Band), what the best part of her band experience throughout the years has been? She said it's her peers and instructors in these groups that are so fun and hardworking and great to be around.
Briana Waste, a Wind Ensemble flute player who has also had experience in Marching Band through Color Guard, said her fondest memory and biggest accomplishment was in last years Spring concert when they conquered the hard to learn the song Abrams Pursuit, which was challenging, but left them better musicians after its mastery.
It is clear to me that the band program's importance cannot be overstated, as well as the impact of its great leaders and directors have on participating students. Together, this crew never ceases to amaze audiences taking in such wonderful performances.
At the end of the show, there was a slide presentation in which all graduating seniors involved in band were highlighted. It was fun to watch and listen to the reactions of families and friends and students alike when seeing pictures of these band members as children, and again as young adults before they are sent off into what surely will be bright futures. If they continue with their natural abilities and the hard work ethic that was instilled and nurtured in them through the St. Francis Band Program, success will surely accompany throughout life.
Good luck to all graduating senior band members! Thank you for all the entertainment, and mahalo in advance for all the good you will do in the adult world we are about to share.