Job Well Done!
J.H. Rose HS Greenville, NC
PCHS Band Students Mattison Domke, Savannah Buning, Nadia Sowers, Carey Stancil, Logan Sawyer, Matthew Sawyer, Scott White and Godgive Umozurike represented their school at All-District Band Auditions at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, NC.
Eight of PCHS Band's students recently auditioned for the NCBA Eastern District All District Band. This group is a highly competitive honor band made up of students as far south as Wilmington and as far east as Rocky Mount. Over 500 hundred students turned out to compete for a spot in this top band. Unfortunately, PCHS did not receive a placement this year but both Mr. Russell and the students were very pleased with their performance and all the hard work they put into preparing for this audition. Students were very encouraging to each other and it was a very positive experience. All of the students that auditioned plan to do it again next year with the hopes of scoring even higher and placing into the ensemble. Once again, Mr. Russell is very proud of their work and pleased with how much they have grown as musicians by participating in the process. He is hopeful that more students will audition and be able to take part of this enriching musical experience next year.
Elizabeth City Area Community
PCHS Band students took to the streets to spread some holiday cheer in our community.
Students went to Matthews Acres, Pine Lakes, Fairway Estates and downtown on Main and Church Streets to play Christmas Carols for the residents of Elizabeth City. Students also collected $450 as contributions for their efforts. Afterwards students enjoyed hot chocolate and Christmas cookies provided by the band parents. It was a fun evening filled with laughter and touching stories of how the caroling music brought joy and peace to the people they played for.
Annual Christmas Concert
December 2013 College of the Albemarle
The PCHS Symphonic Band presented their annual Christmas concert on December 15th. The program included some holiday favorites as well as contemporary pieces. The concert opened with a trumpet duet heralding in the holiday season as part of the piece, "On This Day Earth Shall Ring" by R.W. Smith. The concert took a humorous turn when the band performed "Secret Agent Santa" arranged by Jeff Simmons. This piece was a fun mixture of Christmas Carols and spy music that proved highly entertaining to the audience. On a more serious note, the band filled the hall with wonder during their performance of "Adventum" by Jared Barnes. This piece brought to life O come O come Emmanuel and the ever popular Carol of the Bells and finished with an exciting conclusion. To round out the performance, the band played Leroy Anderson's "A Christmas Festival", a challenging transcription of the piece by the same name commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The program concluded with a performance by the PCHS Percussion Ensemble that featured exciting renditions of holiday favorites and a twist on the Twelve Days of Christmas. In the piece "Christmas by the Numbers" the performers acted, as well as played, the part called for by the composer in this theatrical work. The audience roared with laughter as each player conveyed the hearty emotion evoked by the music.
2013 Competition Season
Kempsville HS Virginia Beach, VA
The Panther Pride Marching Band concluded their competitive season with the US Bands Gold Star Show held at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, VA. The band received First Place and received the highest score yet of the season. The judges raved about the strong performance and thoroughly enjoyed the overall theme and visual concept.
The band has truly made great strides in their technique and performance abilities this season. The students should be very proud of all the hard work they put into the show and for the number of successful performances enjoyed by hundreds of people that saw the band perform. The Band also took First Place at the Southeast Virginia Regional competition held at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. The band also performed strongly at the Edenton Battle of the Bands taking Third Place in the music caption.