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The Westside Christian High School Concert Band is entering it’s second year of existence and has already nearly doubled in size. Band members are currently working on a mix of fall and Christmas music, as well as exercises promoting a well balanced and precise instrumental ensemble.
Students in these pictures are playing Jazzy Holidays, an upbeat medley of Christmas tunes arranged in a jazz style. This chart will be featured at the Christmas Concert on Monday, December 11th, in the Westside Christian High School Gymnasium. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!
Westside’s state champion choir was just one of the showcased selections at the Spring Choir Concert this week. All in attendance were treated with a variety of performances over the course of the evening. What a year (yet again!) for the voices in the Westside choir. Also performing during the evening was Westside’s new band. What talented musicians walk these halls here at Westside!
The Westside Concert Band had a great debut at its first District Competition last week. Westside’s brand new Concert Band played at the state-qualifying festival at Clatskanie High School on Wednesday, April 12th. The band played very well, with scores of 66, 66, and 76, and thoroughly impressed their judges. A few judge comments: “You are of the most musical groups of the the day. Well done! What a fantastic group! I enjoyed every second of your performance. Wow!” “Bravo!” “Absolutely a great start! (knowing we’re a first year band). Really enjoyed your playing. Hope you are proud of yourselves!”
Mr. Fox and the boys are excited! Already, the band is close to qualifying for the state championships, in its very first year!
Consider taking band next year and helping us become an even better and stronger program!
Westside’s new band program played as a Pep Band at last Friday’s varsity boys basketball game. Adding to the already great atmosphere of Westside’s basketball games, the pep band will play at select home games for the rest of the season.
Congratulations to Mia Cywinski, Senior, and to Ethan Chung, Freshman, who were both selected for inclusion in the Oregon All-State Choir and Band, respectively. Mia was selected as a Soprano, and Ethan was selected in Trumpet through auditions they recorded in September.
The All-State Choir, Band and Orchestra weekend is January 12-15 and is the same conference that Westside’s Concert Choir will be featured at in a Guest Performance! Our three music department goals: Glorify God, Show the Love of Christ to Others, and Sing/Play with Excellence.
Under the direction of our Music Teacher, Will Fox, Westside is beginning a new musical tradition this Fall, Concert Band. In addition to the state championship choral and vocal program, the excellent IGNITE worship team, and Westside’s popular Drumline, soon trumpets, saxophones, flutes, clarinets, trombones, percussion instruments and tubas will be heard at our school in the formation of Westside’s new Concert Band program.
Two weeks ago, Mr. Fox arranged for the purchase of a tuba for the school. Ironically, coincidentally, or through God’s humor to reminder that from Him all good things flow, it just so happens that the brand name of the tuba is “Blessing.” What an appropriate name as Westside begins an instrumental program that will involve students in a fun, expressive, musical experience among Christian friends and will bring a “blessing” of music to our school and community!
If you have or know of instruments not being used, would you consider donating them to the Band program at Westside? Also, if you’re an instrumentalist with chops and have interest in assisting our students occasionally in sectionals or in technique sessions, I’d love to hear from you. Contact Mr. Will Fox, email@example.com.