Herricks High School’s auditorium was recently illuminated during the first concert of the school year, presented by Tri-M Music Honor Society members. Several ensembles featured outstanding compilations on and in front of the stage. As a highlight, some of the instrumentalists even filled the aisles as they provided extraordinary music just feet from their audience.
The Blue Jazz Band, conducted by Dr. Geoffrey Taylor, played “I’m Down With That” by Mark Taylor, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” by Fred Rogers and arranged by Mike Tomaro and “Roll ‘Em” by Mary Lou Williams.
Under the direction of Catherine Fish, the Chamber Orchestra performed Antonin Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 2, “The American,” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “String Symphony No. 2 in D Major.”
The Chamber Choir, directed by Louise O’Hanlon, sang Ysaye Barnwell’s “Wanting Memories,” “Ain’t a-that Good News,” by William Dawson, Richard Rodney Bennet’s “A Good Night” and the Irish blessing, “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You.”
Scott Stickley led the Wind Ensemble in its performance of James Barnes’ “Ritmico for Concert Band,” Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in E Flat” and Cyrill Kistler and Robert M. Barr’s Prelude to the Third Act of the Opera “Kunihild.”
Among the performers were numerous All-County musicians and an All-National student. Several members of the Board of Education and Administration were in attendance and later expressed their pride in the talented students and teachers.
Submitted by Herricks Public Schools