Pine City Band Sweeps Regional Music Contest
Pine City High Schools’ Wind Ensemble, comprised of 78 students in grades 10 through 12, traveled to Large Group Music Contest last week and came back to Pine City with the highest possible rating for the seventh straight year.
This year’s event was hosted by Rush City High School and featured bands from nine area high schools. Pine City not only earned unanimous “Superior” ratings from each of the three judges, but also did so while performing music in what is called Category 1, the most difficult level of music available to high school ensembles.
The band reprised two selections that were featured at the recent Senior High Concert: a beautiful setting of the classic American folk tune “Shenandoah” arranged by Frank Ticheli and an ambitiously epic work for band entitled “Africa: Ceremony, Song, and Ritual” by Robert W. Smith. “Africa” is an exceptionally difficult work that highlights the percussion section and is based on indigenous folk traditions of West Africa. Not only does the work require authentic African instruments such as log drums and the gankogui, but it also calls upon performers to sing musical phrases in addition to playing.
Local residents and music lovers will want to mark their calendars for the band’s final concert of the year, the annual Pops Spectacular, which takes place on Friday, May 4 at 7:30pm, under the direction of instructor Brad Mariska.