The growing musical talents of students from across Rush County will combine for a concert open to the public at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Laughlin Center for the Performing Arts. Doors open at 7 p.m. This is a new location for this annual festival.
A free-will offering will again be gratefully accepted to help students with instrument maintenance and to cover expenses for this year’s spring break trip students have scheduled to New York City.
The All County Band Festival is an opportunity for all the band students in the county to come together and have fun playing music and getting to know one another.
The festival will showcase the 7th grade band, 8th grade band, combined 7th and 8th grade bands, the high school band, as well as the combined sounds of all middle school and high school students together.
Students will work together throughout the day Thursday in dress rehearsals and enjoy a pizza lunch prior to the evening’s performance.
“We truly hope that all of you will join us on the 14th to celebrate the great work of these students,” said band director, T.R. Campbell.
The music won’t stop there.
Monday evening, March 11, family, friends and fans of the many student voices in the RCHS choir programs enjoyed the annual Spring Concert offering, and the music continues in the coming months.
April is nationally recognized as Jazz Appreciation month in honor of jazz as an original American art form. Come and celebrate the smooth, original music that is uniquely American with the RCHS Jazz Band and Jazz Combos under the direction of Eric Burgeson with performances at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Laughlin Center. The key element that ties together the many sub-genres of jazz, from swing to bebop to avant-garde, is improvisation; or as Louis Armstrong put it, “Jazz is music that’s never played the same way once.”
Also on the horizon, the RCHS combined bands will again come together to present their free annual Spring Concert at 7 p.m. April 30 at the Laughlin Center.
A sell-out crowd is expected for the popular annual RCHS Choir Department’s Pop’s Concert under the direction of Paul Grizzard with select school band members scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Laughlin Center. Tickets for the Pop’s Concert will be available in the near future.
Another musical offering this spring not to be missed is the RCHS Drama Department’s stage performances of the smash hit musical, “Anything Goes” April 11, 12, 13 and 14 at the Laughlin Center. Tickets are $7 for reserved seating and on sale now. Call the high school drama department to reserve your seats.
This show takes place aboard the SS American, a cruise ship sailing from the United States to England in the 1930’s. With music and lyrics by the legendary Cole Porter, audiences will recognize classic favorites such as “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and the title song “Anything Goes.”
The story follows lead characters Reno Sweeny and Billy Crocker through their journey to find love aboard a cruise ship filled with gangsters, Chinese converts, ministers, sailors, night club singers, and a poor pooch named Cheeky. The storyline is full of plot twists and turns and is sure to keep you enthusiastically entertained. “Anything Goes” is under the experienced direction of Jennie Tague.
Mark your calendars now for these musical offerings and don’t miss a note of the talented student entertainment scheduled this spring.
Contact: Melissa Conrad @ 765.932.2222 x107