More than 300 Newark Central School District student musicians grades 4-12 recently filled the Newark High School gymnasium with music played from various instruments at the annual Cavalcade of Bands concert.
More than 600 in the audience listened to music from NHS Concert Band, NHS Wind Ensemble, Kelley School’s Beginning Band and Continuing Band and the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade bands from Newark Middle School.
The concert band and wind ensemble were conducted by Robert Humphrey, an instrumental music teacher at NHS. As the groups performed selections from Broadway, scenes from the original shows were projected on the wall. The special effects were facilitated by Scott Diamond, broadcast TV and social media coordinator for NCSD.
The beginning band and continuing band were conducted by Cynthia Briggs, instrumental music teacher at Kelley School and NCSD Music Department leader. The beginning band includes fourth-graders, and the continuing band is for fifth-graders.
The NMS sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade bands were conducted by instrumental music teacher Rebekah Valerio.
After the concert, Briggs discussed the importance of “Cavalcade of Bands.”
“This concert is a perfect culmination of all that happens instrumentally in our district,” she said. “The level of commitment from everyone involved — from parents to students and administration to staff — is like no other aspect of teaching. All of the pieces of the puzzle have to fit perfectly in order to create this experience for our community. Personally, as the educator that is given the privilege to introduce instrumental music to these students, it is truly exciting for me to see what my former students have accomplished. When they are a part of the Kelley School Band, they become a part of who I am and to see them grow so much musically is something special. I think many parents and community members who attend this performance will be the first to tell you that this is their favorite concert of the year.”