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SHS Choral and Band Ensembles Perform Spring Concert

Spring Concert performers

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By Sam Bonsey, Sanford Schools Communications Coordinator

Sanford High School’s choral and band ensembles performed a Spring Concert in the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, May 7.

Under the guidance of SHS Director of Choirs Ryan Geary, the choral ensembles kicked off the evening’s festivities with an array of performances. The CCP Chorus set the stage with their rendition of “Put A Lid on It” by Alan Billingsley.

Following suit, the Select Treble Choir sang “Truth” by Andrea Ramsey. The Sanford Chamber Singers continued with “Time” by Jennifer Lucy Cook. Finally, the SHS Chorale performed “What Do I Know?” by Audrey Snyder, the whimsical “I’m Just Ken” from the Barbie movie, the introspective “What Was I Made For?” by Jennifer Lucy Cook and “How Can I Keep From Singing?” by Bradley Ellingboe.

It was then time for the Band Ensemble, under the baton of Director of Bands Hailey Francouer.

The Jazz Ensemble performed a rendition of “Big Swing Face” by William Potts, featuring standout solos by SHS students Joey Blanchette and Quang Lam. Hannah Paterson was the featured soloist in the next song, “How High the Moon.” The Jazz Ensemble concluded its set with a performance of “Birdland” by Josef Zawinul.

The Wind Ensemble followed. The highlight of their set was the performance of “The Seal Lullaby”, with standout solos from students Samone Gallagher, Emma Janousek, Mikayla Adair, and George Westerlund. They concluded their set with a thrilling performance of “Cool” from West Side Story.

The highlight of the night undoubtedly came from the Concert Band, who delivered a premiere of “The State of Maine March,” arranged and conducted by teacher Heather Hastings. The band’s rendition of “Air For Band” was nothing short of breathtaking, with each note resonating with emotion and precision. And finally, they brought the evening to a close with their performance of “The Machine Awakes.”

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