Grant Krener directs the combined sixth, seventh and eighth grade bands in the Brentwood High School auditorium on April 26. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Grant Krener directs the combined sixth, seventh and eighth grade bands in the Brentwood High School auditorium on April 26. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Spring concert covers B (Beatles) to Z (Legend of Zelda)

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Close to 130 band and choir students performed in the Brentwood Music Department’s spring concert on April 26 in the BHS auditorium.

The choir, directed by Debbie Stinson, performed first. Then Grant Krener conducted five separate programs: the sixth grade band, seventh grade band, eighth grade band, jazz band and high school band.

Stinson led the 10-voice choir in “Blame It On the Boogie” by the Jackson Five, Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song,” “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers and the gospel hymn “Oh Happy Day.” Then Nija Price sang Sam Smith’s “Not In That Way” and Ruqqiyah Muhammad covered “Tears Dry” by Amy Winehouse, with Price, Alesha Williams and Nyiah Thompson singing backup.

Brentwood's vocal music director Debbie Stinson introduces the choir.

Brentwood’s vocal music director Debbie Stinson introduces the choir.

Choir members are identified from left to right. Front row: Holly Record, Paige Reilly, Nija Price, Alesha Williams and Nyiah Thompson. Back row: Kamerson Kullum, Deshaun Johnson, Jordan Hayes and Justice Harris.

Choir members are identified from left. Front row: Holly Record, Paige Reilly, Nija Price, Alesha Williams, Nyiah Thompson and Ruqqiyah Muhammad. Back row: Kameron Kullum, Deshaun Johnson, Jordan Hayes and Justice Harris.

Nija Price sings "Not In That Way."

Nija Price sings “Not In That Way.”

Ruqqiyah Muhammad (left) sings Amy Winehouse's "Tears Dry" with backup from (from left) Alesha Williams, Nyiah Thompson and Nija Price.

Ruqqiyah Muhammad (left) sings Amy Winehouse’s “Tears Dry” with backup from Alesha Williams, Nyiah Thompson and Nija Price.

Krener directed 118 students in the five bands. That’s the most he’s had in his three years here, thanks mostly to a big turnout from the sixth-grade class — 38 students, compared to 19 two years ago. He said it probably has something to do with having the jazz band perform at both elementary schools.

The band program was as follows:

Sixth grade band
“Let’s Go Band” by Albert Ahronheim
“Rock Medley 2,” various composers

Jordan Bradley directs the sixth grade band in "Let's Go Band."

Jordan Bradley directs the sixth grade band in “Let’s Go Band.”

Camille Harris reads narration before the sixth grade band plays "Rock Medley 2."

Camille Harris reads narration before the sixth grade band plays “Rock Medley 2.”

Joseph Blase's solo gets a smile of approval from fellow trumpeter Elliot Wright.

Joseph Blase’s solo gets a smile of approval from fellow trumpeter Elliot Wright.

Chase Conner plays the clarinet.

Chase Conner plays the clarinet.

Nathan Sittner keeps the beat in "Rock Medley 2."

Nathan Sittner keeps the beat in “Rock Medley 2.”

Grant Krener directs the sixth grade band.

Grant Krener directs the sixth grade band.

Seventh grade band
“Cantaloupe Island,” Herbie Hancock
“Star Wars,” John Williams
“Heart and Soul,” Hoagy Carmichael

Madelyn Ridings keeps the tempo through Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island."

Seventh grader Madelyn Ridings keeps the tempo through Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island.”

Ben Greiner plays an alto saxophone solo during "Cantaloupe Island."

Ben Greiner plays an alto saxophone solo during “Cantaloupe Island.”

Jack Hampel (right) plays a guitar solo.

Seventh grader Jack Hampel (right) solos on guitar.

Hannah Yancey plays the flute.

Hannah Yancey plays the flute in the seventh grade band.

Maya Sabeh plays the flute.

Seventh grader Maya Sabeh plays the flute.

Playing "Heart and Soul" on ukuleles are Zoey Tonis (left) and Bella Lancaster.

Playing “Heart and Soul” on ukuleles are Zoey Tonis (left) and Bella Lancaster of the seventh grade band.

Eighth grade band
“Linus and Lucy,” Vince Guaraldi
“Imperial March,” John Williams
“In My Life,” The Beatles
“Blues in Bb,” Brentwood bands
“Come Together,” The Beatles

Eighth graders Sofia Flores and David Conner.

Playing alto saxophones are eighth graders Sofia Flores and David Conner.

Eighth grader Tristan Jones.

Eighth grader Tristan Jones.

Eighth grade bass player Samira Bracey.

Eighth grade bass player Samira Bracey.

Eighth grade trumpeter Levi Job.

Trumpeter Levi Job plays in the eighth grade band.

Grant Krener directs the combined middle school bands in "Blues in Bb."

Grant Krener directs the combined middle school bands in “Blues in Bb.”

Seventh grade trumpeters Jeremy Forman, Ben Brown and Xavier Lane.

Seventh grade trumpeters Jeremy Forman, Ben Brown and Xavier Lane.

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Grant Krener and the middle school bands take a bow after playing "Come Together" by the Beatles.

Grant Krener and the middle school bands take a bow after playing “Come Together” by the Beatles.

Jazz band
“Song for My Father,” Horace Silver

Eighth grader Chris Hartung solos during Horace Silver's "Song for My Father."

Eighth grader Chris Hartung solos during Horace Silver’s “Song for My Father.”

Tayveon Brown plays bass for the jazz band.

Tayveon Brown plays bass for the jazz band.

High school band
“Jean Pierre,” Miles Davis
“The Legend of Zelda (The Main Theme),” Koji Kondo
“Palace Music” from Zelda II, Akiko Nakatsuka
“Hedwig’s Theme,” John Williams
“The Force Theme,” John Williams
“Jurassic Park,” John Williams

Xun Lu plays tuba for the high school band.

Xun Lu plays tuba for the high school band.

Gino Kler plays piano for the high school band.

Gino Kler plays piano for the high school band.