Wind Ensemble Prepares for Winter’s Eve Concert

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - By: Nin Y, Alex ‘20, Wind Ensemble Captain

Every first block arts afternoon, members of the Wind Ensemble get together in the Asper Room to practice music that we have picked with the help of our teacher, Mr Clausen. It’s only the beginning of October, but we are all now very excited for the first school event that we will be performing in: the Concert for A Winter’s Eve, the 5th and 6th of December. The tickets for this event will be available at theatre.brentwood.bc.ca.

This event happens every year and is where Brentwood musicians get to perform in front of all the students, staff, as well as people in the community. There are a variety of genre performed in the Concert for Winter’s Eve: classical, jazz, pop, rock and more. Since Brentwood offers a lot of choices for art classes, every music class is given an opportunity to go on the stage in Brentwood’s Killy Theatre in the T. Gil Bunch Centre for the Performing Arts.

The same as other music groups, the Wind Ensemble is preparing for the concert by playing through Christmas pieces that have been purchased such as “An English Christmas” by Clare Grundman, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” by J Olivadoti and “Variations On Deck The Halls” by Robert Smith.

Some of these pieces are so old that the music sheets have turned yellow and the company that published them has closed down. Lynn W, Allard ‘20 who has been in the Wind Ensemble for two years said, “It was very nice to play these old pieces because not only do I get to listen to these unique pieces, I also get to learn how they differ from today’s music.”

This year, there are more than 30 members in the Wind Ensemble, both returning and new students. One of the rookie saxophone players Skye P, Alex ’23 said, “I was very excited to join the Wind Ensemble and to see what music pieces we would be playing. I’m really looking forward to the Concert for Winter’s Eve.”

Indeed, the Wind Ensemble is off to a note-worthy start!

Nin Y, Alex ‘20, Wind Ensemble Captain

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