Band to Host Spring Concert on May 9


Credit to Francisco Jimenez

Senior Cole Hayse plays the drums during class. Hayse has been a part of band for seven years and mainly plays the drums. “My favorite part of band has to be the teacher. Mr. [Robert] Stegeman is a really good guy and an even better teacher,” Hayse said.

By Macy Cronin, North Star Reporter

Update: The band concert was moved until May 9, changes in the story have been made to reflect the new date.

FHN’s concert band and wind ensemble is hosting a free band concert on May 9 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium to show off all their improvements from the year and to perform multiple songs for those who come.

“[This concert is] to show the growth that we all have made together in the band and to show it off to our parents,” freshman flute player Avery Witherbee said.

The band performance will start off with band director Robert Stegeman talking about the bands have improved throughout the year. After that, Stegeman will move onto to share bits of information about each of the pieces of music before they are played. Every single piece has a dedicated purpose that freshman clarinet player, Aidyn Gleason thinks everyone should hear.

“[The audience should] look forward to being able to enjoy the pieces the way they are meant to be enjoyed,” Gleason said. “I think it’s really important to take that into account to have context to what you are listening to.”

The night will have many student performances that have deep meanings. Music by Randall Standridge and Frank Ticheli is composed in memory of desegregation and to honor the ones that lost their lives and survived the day of the Columbine High School massacre.

“Knowing the thought and the sentiment behind the pieces changes the listening experience,” Gleason said.

This concert is open to everyone to come and enjoy the music. By coming to this event, students can learn more about the band program and show their support for it.

“I hope that friends of the kids in the band come,” Gleason said. “I think it’s really cool to be able to see the work that other people have put into something they are dedicated to.”