The fall concert season at the Bedford Public Schools is about to begin! The Performing Arts Departments at Lane, JGMS, and BHS have been working hard all year, and the student musicians are ready to show off their skills to family, friends, and community members.
JOHN GLENN MIDDLE SCHOOL
The John Glenn Middle School choral ensembles will kick off the Bedford schools’ concert season on Wednesday, December 4, at 7 pm at JGMS. The sixth-grade chorus, directed by Katrina Faulstich, will perform “When the Lights All Shine” by Teresa Jennings, featuring a student drummer, as well as “The Night Will Never Stay” by Judith Herrington. The seventh- and eighth-grade chorus, directed by Amy Budka, will perform “Non Nobis Domine,” an a cappella canon written by an anonymous composer in the early 1600s. They will also sing a choral version of “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay; a traditional spiritual called “Shine on Me,” arranged by Rollo Dilworth; and a fun arrangement of “Try Everything” by Shakira, from the movie ZOOTOPIA, accompanied by students on drums, percussion, and ukulele.
Band and Orchestra
Concerts continue at JGMS on Tuesday, December 17, at 7 pm, when the middle-school band and orchestra will perform. The bands will feature, among other selections, the classic march “American Patrol” and the theme to MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. The JGMS rock band and JGMS jazz band will also perform.
Bedford Patrons of Music Students (POMS) will be hosting post-concert receptions after both JGMS concerts. Please stop by the table to enjoy some holiday goodies and cheer with Bedford’s music booster organization.
BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL
Band and Orchestra
The Bedford High School band and orchestra will perform on Tuesday, December 10, at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. Highlights of the instrumental concert will include “Air for Band,” conducted by the music department’s student teacher, Michael Powderly. The band will also feature the 20th consecutive performance of Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride”—which also commemorates director Jim Felker’s 20th winter concert in Bedford. Alumni of the BHS band are invited to join the students on stage to perform. The band and orchestra will combine for Anderson’s “Bugler’s Holiday.”
BHS’s choral ensembles will perform on Thursday, December 12, also at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. The concert choir will perform “Beautiful December” by Amy Bernon and “Closer to the Flame” by Davis Lantz III. The honors choir will be singing “Glow” by Eric Witacre; “Brightest and Best,” arranged by Shawn Kirchne;, and “Make Them Hear You,” from the musical RAGTIME by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, arranged by Kirby Shaw. The choral concert will also feature performances by BHS’s three a cappella ensembles: Rolling Tones (mixed), Bellachords (treble), and Bucappella (lower voices).
Band, Orchestra, and Choir
The fall concert season will wrap up with the Lane School band, orchestra, and choir, performing on Thursday, December 19, at 7 pm at BHS. Ms. Nicole O’Toole leads the Lane School band, made up of fifth-graders, most of whom are just beginning to learn their instruments. Ms. Creamer leads the fourth-grade orchestra and fifth-grade orchestra, and Mr. Natan Wythe heads up the fifth-grade chorus.
About POMS and Music in the Bedford Schools
The music students and faculty, as well as the volunteers and supporters of POMS, Bedford’s music booster organization, welcome all interested community members, family, and friends to attend the upcoming concerts. Like all performers, these students would love to have a full and attentive audience.
And if you need a refresher on good concert behavior, check out POMS’s concert etiquette video, made with the help of our friends at Bedford TV! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjzVkGiXcgU
If you’d like more information about the music program within the public school system, please visit the Performing Arts Department webpage, https://www.bedfordps.org/high-school/performing-arts , or the Bedford POMS website, https://www.bedfordpoms.org/.