Albert Lea High School bands to perform final concert of school year

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, April 23, 2024

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On Monday the Albert Lea High School Band Department will present its final concert of the year. The performance will be at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium, and will feature the Tiger Band, Symphonic Band and Concert Band. There is no fee for admission, but donations are encouraged to offset expenses of the event.

At the concert, various awards will be presented, including the John Phillip Sousa Award for band and the Louis Armstrong Award for jazz. Graduating seniors will also be recognized.

Each band was given the opportunity to help choose one of their songs for the concert.

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The Tiger Band, which is made up of mostly eighth- and ninth-grade students, chose “Cantina Band” from “Star Wars.” They will also perform “Shadow Cove March” by Randal Standridge and “Urban Scenes” by Andrew Boysen Jr.

The mostly ninth and 10th grade Symphonic Band chose the famous Queen hit “Bohemian Rhapsody.” They are also performing “Guadalcanal March” from Victory at Sea and a suite from Holst’s “The Planets.”

The Concert Band, made up of mostly juniors and seniors, chose “Highlights from How to Train Your Dragon,” arranged by Sean O’Laughlin. Additionally, the group will perform “Triumphant Fanfare” by Richard Saucedo and a set from their Big Nine Music Festival program: “Krisanna’s Colors” by Robert W. Smith, which includes three movements — Yellow, Blue and Red. All three groups are led by ALHS Director of Bands Suzanne Mauer.