RYE BROOK, N.Y. Students in the Blind Brook High School band performed Thursday evening in the group's all instrumental spring concert in front of a crowd of parents and fellow students in the newly dedicated George C. Trautwein Theater.
Band director Howard Levy said the spring concert is always bittersweet as he and the underclassmen say goodbye to the graduating seniors.
"It's hard because I've stayed with them since middle school and watch them grow," Levy said. "I'm happy to see them move on but it's sad to see them go."
Levy said that the band, which meets every other day, starts preparing for the spring concert almost immediately after the curtain closes on the winter concert.
"We do a series of rehearsals to make sure that we can all pull together as a cohesive unit," Levy said.
As far as music selection goes, Levy looks to pick pieces that both fit the students ability but also presents a challenge.
"I always want to pick something that's interesting," Levy said. "I want to expose the students to as many different styles as possible.
The concert featured performances from the larger band, made up of more than 60 musicians, and the smaller jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble and woodwind Quintet. The evening began with the band's rendition of "In All Its Glory" by James Swearingen and ended with "El Capitan" by John Phillip Sousa.
In between the crowd was treated to a piece called "Pixar Movie Magic," a medley that samples from Pixar classics Toy Story and Ratatouille.
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