Call it perfect harmony.
Students in 6th-grade through 8th-grade, collectively representing the Marshall Simonds Middle School concert, symphonic, stage and house bands, as well as the string orchestra, select chorus, choral union and chamber orchestra, drew a full crowd - and then some - at this year’s winter concert.
John Middleton, music director for the school district, said each year the Marshall Simonds auditorium fills up for the show, and becomes a “standing room only” venue because of the show’s popularity.
Principal Cari Perchase said, “Students, with the support and guidance of our incredible music educators, have been preparing for this concert since the beginning of the school year. Students have demonstrated perseverance, growing individually and learning to play as part of the larger group.”
To perform with some of these musical groups, Perchase said, students are required to audition, adding another level of rigor to the program.
The Marshall Simonds Middle School Chamber Strings group collaborated with the “Select Chorus” singers on an “Italian Art song,” Middleton said, and the school’s “Symphonic Band” and “Choral Union” combined to perform a special version of “Auld Lang Syne.”
Perchase said, “In addition to the families seeing their child or children perform, this is a great opportunity for families with younger children to attend a local music performance.”