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Fifth- and seventh-grade bands perform concert

Friday, January 19, 2018

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Boardman fifth and seventh grade bands performed on Jan. 10 at the Boardman Performing Arts Center. Pictured, the fifth grade concert band played Michael Sweeney's "Turbo Rock."

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The fifth-grade concert band performed different songs from their instructional book including songs like "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "London Bridge." Each section of the band played small sectional songs. Pictured, the clarinets stood and played a small song to show what they have learned thus far in class.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The seventh grade concert band, under the direction of Michael Shevock, took the stage after the fifth grade band. Pictured, the band performed "Grace Valley Overture" by Steve Hodges.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Boardman Glenwood Junior High School's seventh grade concert band played both classical piece and popular songs. Pictured, the group performed an arrangement of Fitz and the Tantrums's radio hit, "HandClap."

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Boardman Schools Television Network broadcasted the fifth and seventh grade concert onto the wall of the Boardman Performing Arts Center.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Boardman’s fifth- and seventh-grade bands performed their winter band concert at the Boardman Performing Arts Center in the high school on Jan. 10.

Tim Tuite directed the Boardman Center Intermediate School’s fifth-grade group and Michael Shevock taught and led the Boardman Glennwood Junior High School seventh-grade band.

Both directors thanked the parents for supporting the band, as well as their supplemental instructors, including Kyle O’Donnell and Brian Teeters for helping the bands. They also received help from and thanked high school band director Thomas Ruggieri.

The fifth-grade band began with exercises and songs from Bruce Pearson and Ryan Nowlin’s instructional book, “Tradition of Excellence, Book 1.“ These songs included “Itsy Bitsy Spider,“ “Good King Wenceslas,“ and “London Bridge.“ The band ended their set with “Turbo Rock,“ an arrangement by Michael Sweeney.

Each section of the band had their own feature as well. The percussion section had the first sectional song with “Stepping Stones.“ The woodwinds played “Hot Crossed Buns“ as a section. The brass had the last feature with “Merrily We Roll Along.“

Following the fifth-grade band, the seventh-grade band performed six songs. The began with two concert style pieces, “Grace Valley Overture“ by Steve Hodges and “Flutopia“ by David Shaffer. The latter song heavily featured the flute players in the band.

The band finished their set with a number of radio hits and songs from pop culture. They began with Victor Lopez’s arrangement of the 21 Pilots song “Heathens.“ They followed this with a Paul Murtha reinterpretation of “HandClap“ by Fitz and the Tantrums and the Tim Waters arranged “Sweet Caroline,“ originally done by Neil Diamond. They finished their set with “You’re Welcome“ from Disney’s film “Moana,“ which Matt Conaway adapted for school concerts.