Young talent shows their stuff in five-school band festival
October 26, 2011
By Darla Martin Tucker
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – (www.lasierra.edu) They played their hearts out last weekend under the skilled direction of their leader, bringing to life intricate and intriguing arrangements, sometimes with unique instruments.
Approximately 80 teenagers from five Southern California schools converged on La Sierra University last week for three days of intense rehearsals topped off by performances that showcased their hard work.
They arrived from five Seventh-day Adventist academies to participate in this year’s Invitational Band Festival, an event that ran Oct. 19 through Oct. 22 and involved seven full band rehearsals and two instrument sectional rehearsals.
Under the direction of Ken Narducci, La Sierra’s director of wind and percussion studies, the combined band performed a Vespers Concert on Oct. 21 at Hole Memorial Auditorium and a band program on Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. at La Sierra University Church. They also performed for church services earlier on Saturday.
The band’s repertoire included “Joy” by Joseph Curiale, “A Sacred Suite” by Brant Karrick, “Mansions of Glory” by David R. Gillingham, and “Poéme Héroique” by Marcel Dupré. One piece, “Old Churches” by Michael Colgrass, involved members of the percussion section playing variously sized steel bowls to simulate the sound of church bells.
Participating schools included San Diego Academy, Newbury Park Academy, Glendale Academy, La Sierra Academy and Loma Linda Academy.
“It was a really great experience, something I think every musician should do,” said San Diego Adventist Academy freshman and third clarinetist Addison Garcia. “It increases your talent.” Garcia said he learned to be patient and to focus on the director.
Marla Maollari, a Glendale Adventist Academy freshman and French horn player said she liked listening to the pastors during devotionals and getting to know people who played the same instrument. “It was really fun,” she said.
Her friend and fellow Glendale academy schoolmate, clarinetist Ellee Posner liked “learning new things about music,” she said. The festival was also Posner’s first visit to La Sierra University. “I really liked it,” she said. “It’s really spiritual.”