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RBHS holds successful night of percussion

Emily Weigand
Photo of trombone and tuba section at the rehearsal for a band concert.

A percussion concert was held at RBHS Friday, April 12.

The concert began at 6 p.m. Friday in the RBHS Performing Arts Center. It entailed 13 pieces of music, many of which were composed by Ivan Trevino and Fransisco Perez. The performances featured six solos, four RBHS groups and three groups from John Warner and Jefferson Middle Schools.

Senior percussionist Brayden Boone said his favorite thing about joining the Percussion Ensemble is being a part of a welcoming community.

Going into high school, especially after COVID, I had very few connections [with friends], and the connections I did have, [I lost] over time. So, going in and having a community of people helped me a lot during high school.”

— Senior Brayden Boone

Alternatively, senior percussionist Ajay Tosh said one of the difficulties about joining the Percussion Ensemble is the large amount of experience you have to obtain in a variety of instruments.

“You have to learn so many [different] instruments. I was counting and there’s over 40 instruments you have to be frankly good at,” Tosh said. “For percussion, [you may have to learn] every single instrument that you can think of. [For instance], a drum, cymbal or maybe a mallet instrument.”

According to Band Director Patrick Sullivan, things within percussion are different than last year due to a change in supervisors over the percussion ensemble.

“Mr. Spaeth was our associate band director last year. He is no longer here, we hired a different person [whose name is] Mr. Smith. “It is going to be a little bit different when you have somebody that ran it a certain way for two years in a row and then you’ve got new people doing it this past year.”

Boone also said that he believes the concert itself went well despite the supervisor alterations the Ensemble had to balance outside of the concert.

“It went very [good], especially with the amount of changes that we had to go through this year,” Boone said. “This year was structured a lot differently and I think we did a good job at adapting to the way it was.”

What did you think about Friday’s concert? Let us know in the comments.

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Natalya Horstmeier
Natalya Horstmeier, Staff Writer
Sophomore Natalya Horstmeier is a staff writer for Southpaw and Bearing News. She loves cooking, reading, coloring and plants. She has 2 dogs, 2 cats, and is about to adopt a new kitten.
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Emily Weigand, Staff Writer, Photographer
Senior Emily Weigand is a staff writer and photographer for Southpaw and Bearing News. In her free time, she likes to read, write, cook and listen to music.

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