Patrick M. Villano School’s Spring Concert: A Magical Night

Daniella Machinski, Writer

Recently, I had an amazing night listening to some live band and vocal music. Emerson Jr./Sr. High School hosted the Patrick M. Villano School’s Spring Concert. It was a magical mix of 5th and 6th grade students playing instruments and singing. 

To start off the night, the Jazz Band opened up with the song “Summertime” by George Gershwin, followed by “Watermelon Man” by Herbie Hancock. These 5th and 6th graders did a wonderful job playing their instruments for the crowd. Many people showed up to support and cheer for their family members and friends.

After the Jazz Band finished, it was the Beginner Band’s turn. They played “Dance of the Jabberwocky” by Rob Grice, and “Samba La Bamba” by William Owens. “Samba La Bamba”was my favorite out of the two. It was so upbeat, and put a smile on my face. I really enjoyed watching these kids do something they really enjoy. It was very cute. 

Once the Beginner Band ended, it was on to the 5th and 6th grade Chorus. They sang “Sakura Sakura” by Douglas E. Wagner, “The Spirit of America” by Hank Fellows, “Freckles” by Yoshihito, and finally “Cannonball” by Lea Michele. It was very heartwarming to watch these kids perform. Mr. Gibbs did a fantastic job at choosing the music for the concert. The kids did an amazing job singing, especially the two soloists. 

Once the chorus was finished, it was time for the last group of students to perform. This group is called the Symphonic Band, which consists of 6th grade students. They performed “Point Five” by Laura Estes, “Sojourn to the Ancient City of Axum” by Ayatey Shabazz, “Theme from Jurassic Park” by John Williams (arr. by Michael Sweeney), and “Themes from The New World” by Antonio Dvorak (arr. by Doug Adams). These students performed wonderfully. The music choices that Mr. Baruch picked were just so good and entertaining. The “Theme from Jurassic Park” was one of my favorites by far.

Mr. Baruch and Mr. Gibbs put together an amazing concert, and the students did a fantastic job. I insist that you go to a concert and support the younger students of Emerson. They put in so much work and dedication for this one night, and their efforts truly shine. I couldn’t have asked for a more magical night.