By Kara Brown
Originally Published: May 7, 2013
Temple Christian had their annual Spring Band Concert on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013, in the LBT auditorium. All the band students in grades 5 through 12 participated in playing their pieces chosen by the band director, Mr. Dennis Crites.
The night started off with prayer by 5th grader Malachi White followed by the 5th graders performing “Crown of Majesty” by Robert Sheldon, “Rock the House” by Brian Balmages, and “On Caribbean Shores (Mary Ann)” also arranged by Sheldon.
The evening continued with the 6th grade band. They played “Little Swallow Chinese Folk Song” arranged by Robert Sheldon and were accompanied by two of Temple’s foreign exchange students from China, Yi Taimo (Ink) and Wei Haonan (Nancy).
The junior high band performed three pieces together, “The Tempest” composed by Robert Smith, “One Small Step for Man” by Rob Grice, and “The Pioneers” by Robert Sheldon.
Mr. Crites said that one of his favorite pieces was “The Pioneers” because it represents the school.
Earlier this semester, a few of the junior high band students performed in a contest called Solo/Ensemble. They received pins for their performance in Solo/Ensemble. Then the group, designated by Mr. Crites as “3 x 7”, made up of three seventh graders, Levi Shenk, Alexis Waters, and Seth Ward, performed their Solo/Ensemble piece “Just Around the Block” composed by Chris Crockarell.
Last but not least, the high school band performed four pieces. The first piece played was “Ascentium” by Ed Huckaby. This piece was originally performed for Ohio Music Educator’s Association District 3, a large group adjudication where the high school performed earlier this year. Also performed at this contest was “Celtic Voyage” by Melanie Donahue. The high school band continued entertaining the audience with “Chant and Savage Dance” by Brian Balmages and “Sky Dance” by Richard L. Saucedo.
Another one of Mr. Crites’ favorite pieces was “Sky Dance”. He commented, “I think this piece represents where I want to see the band go.”
Sophomore Kelsey Kirkendall stated, “I thought the concert went really well. I especially liked the part in ‘Chant and Savage Dance’ where the audience started clapping in the middle of the song.”
In addition, the high school students who went to Solo/Ensemble were recognized for their great ratings. Senior Natalie Johnston received the John Philip Sousa Award, given to one high school student per school who shows superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation.
Johnston commented, “I was very happy to receive the John Philip Sousa Award.”
Band member Alayna DeLeon summed up the evening by stating, “The concert last night was a great opportunity to show off what we have been working on all year. I personally felt like all our hard work paid off.