The Beginning, Concert and Symphonic bands performed a variety of selections during their winter concert.
Approximately 140 students in the Beginning, Concert and Symphonic bands at Mark Twain Middle School performed a variety of selections in front of a full audience Wednesday night. The students performed with Brian Balmages whose music has been performed by members of leading orchestras such as the St. Louis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the National Symphony.
The Beginning, Concert and Symphonic Bands will perform a variety of holiday selections, Wednesday night.
The Mark Twain Middle School bands will present their winter concert at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the school cafeteria. Approximately 140 students in the Beginning, Concert and Symphonic bands will perform a variety of selections, including holiday tunes like “Jingle Bells” and “Hanukkah is Here” and the march “Falcons in Flight.” The bands will also perform the Virginia premiere of “A House Divided,” based on President Abraham Lincoln’s 1858 “House Divided” speech, created by composer Brian Balmages. Balmages will participate as a guest conductor during the event. Boston Brass tuba player Andrew Hitz will also complement the students' performance. Tiffany Hitz, director of bands for the school, said Balmages changed music for school bands, and …