Review: Wind Department Concert

An enthusiastic Memorial Hall audience was entertained by an energetic and eclectic mix of material, the common theme being the evident enjoyment of both players and conductors.

Big Band set the tone with three high quality pieces, including a rendition of ‘That’s Life’ as a suitable tribute to Frank Sinatra, who was born on 12th December 1915. The ‘Aladdin Medley’ from the Saxophone Ensemble provided a seasonal change of mood, then the Brass Quintet produced a very polished and well-balanced performance of an Ewald movement. The Jazz Ensemble featured many small solos in the uplifting ‘You’re So Delightful’ and the title defying ‘Sack Of Woe’.

The most rapturous response from the audience was reserved for the Percussion Ensemble, inspired by Sacha Johnson. The relentless rhythms were both inclusive and irresistible. Brasser concluded the concert with a set of three varied works, starting with the popular and climactic ‘Creed’ by Himes. The atmospheric ‘Sleep’ by Whitacre was an interesting experiment, being more familiar as a vocal piece. The dramatic ‘Slipstream’ by Sparke provided a fitting finale to the musical term.

Jonathan Genton

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