By Rebecca Lynch
Featuring an array of songs, the band, chorus, and a capella groups will perform tonight at 7 p.m. All students will showcase talent that has improved throughout the year, according to band director Joe Sokol.
“The band is playing better as a group now. They’ve gotten better at balancing and observing dynamics. It’s great to be able to perform when we’re playing at our highest level of the year,” he said.
According to Sokol, the band will perform the same setlist as they did in Montreal, including “Beatles’ Gold” and “Raider’s March.”
“We’ve added a medley from ‘Grease’ which is turning out to be really nice. I think it’s going to be a great concert. The band and chorus all have a lot of good music,” he said.
Choral director Donna O’Neil agrees.
“The students have been dedicated and working for excellence, and I have no doubt that it will pay off,” she said.
According to O’Neil, the chorus will sing a “beautiful and dramatic” rendition of “There Will Be Rest.” The piece is a musical translation of the poem by Sarah Teasdale. They will also sing “Down to the River” from the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou” and “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon.
The Soundwaves will perform “No Rain” by Blind Melon, a Billy Joel piece, and “Africa” by Toto.
This concert marks the last major performance for many seniors.
“Band is such a family. We’ve had so much fun, and it’s going to be really hard to say goodbye. I can’t wait to give our epic senior speech, with Mr. Sokol quotes included,” senior Grace Gillete said.
Sokol will likewise miss this senior class.
“As far as leadership goes, the seniors set great examples musically. The younger players really learn from them. It’s been a blast over the years, I’m going to miss their big personalities,” he said.
“The senior class has some amazing talent and their shoes will be very hard to fill, both musically and in spirit,” O’Neill said.
The Soundwaves will also hold a concert on April 28 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium to fundraise for the junior class. The event will include refreshments and multiple songs.