Wind ensemble digs into the past

Concert to include older tunes from around the world
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Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The wind ensemble practices Wednesday in the band room at Shawano Community High School, one week away from its annual spring concert. The theme for this year’s performance is “Back in Time and Around the World.”

The Shawano Community High School wind ensemble is going to perform music from a number of different points in history when it performs its spring concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Shawano Community High School auditorium.

While the school’s musical groups perform a number of concerts and events all year long, this one is particularly meaningful for the seniors, who helped plan this concert. The seniors picked the theme “Back in Time and Around the World,” according to senior Lindsey Roloff.

“We’re starting with music from ancient Egypt,” Roloff said. “Every continent, we’re trying to hit music from all around the world, and then we’re working our way through modern America.”

Senior Isabella Burr said the ensemble’s American repertoire will include “National Emblem,” a marching tune composed by Edwin Eugene Bagley in 1902, as well as “Shenandoah,” a traditional folk song from the 19th century of unknown origin. The seniors in the ensemble will also be playing a polka tune, Burr said.

In addition to the songs, the seniors crafted videos to play in the background as the ensemble performs, according to Burr.

The wind ensemble is mainly composed of juniors and seniors, according to Burr. Many of the songs will be performed by the entire group, but there will be some performed by smaller ensembles.

“We have our brass choir performing, and our woodwind ensemble will be performing,” Burr said. “We have a clarinet trio and a percussion ensemble. We have different smaller ensembles performing. There are a lot of different solos in each of the songs.”

This concert has involved a quicker turnaround time than most in terms of preparation, according to Burr. The wind ensemble has only been working on the songs for about a month, since many of the students were busy preparing for solo and ensemble competitions.

“We’ve only had three weeks to prepare this music,” Burr said.

“However, some of it is music that we’ve played in the past, which is nice,” Roloff added.

Roloff and Burr agree that it’ll be interesting to see how audiences react to an event that’s been developed by students.

“It’s nice to be able to do something ourselves and be able to tell people that we’re running it and be in charge,” Roloff said.

“It’s kind of our last hurrah, all this work we’ve done (in music) over the last four years playing here,” Burr said.

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Wind ensemble spring concert

WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Auditorium, Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B, Shawano

ADMISSION: $5 adults, $3 students. Tickets available in the high school office and at the door.