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Good turnout for band’s spring concert


There weren’t enough chairs for the crowd which showed up at the Fort High band’s spring concert last Wednesday night but those forced to stand along the walls didn’t seem to mind.

Heather Keeler and Kim Badiuk wowed the audience with solo vocal performances, while guitarist Jena Pirie and pianist Natalie Lundon also showed off their instrumental talent in a duet.

The audience also liked the intermediate and senior band performances.

John Dutton, senior band director, said it’s been an extremely good year for the group, especially when you consider it lost 20 members from last year due to graduation.

“A lot of [the senior] band is in grade 11 or younger,” he noted. “Out of the 50 members in the band, for 33 of them this is their first year in senior band.

“There’s a lot of people playing well beyond their time,” he remarked.

What was supposed to be a building year has provided a well-oiled machine of talented musicians, Dutton enthused, saying he looks forward to the fall when he can put some “hard stuff” in front of them.

“I just bought Canadian Brass [music] and Beatles’ medley,” he noted. “And I have a ‘Jurassic Park’ medley I want to try on my trumpets.”

Along the spring concert wraps up the band’s season in a way, it still has a couple of performances left before it breaks up for the year, like graduation and during the Canada Day Parade.

“What we’re hoping to do in Emo, in conjunction with their centennial celebrations, is play a concert in Donald Young School,” he said, noting it’s tentatively been slated for June 30.

Once that’s done, Dutton said the band will take a couple of months to relax and get settled in the new high school and auditorium.

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