Millburn Middle School will host its annual Winter Instrumental Music concerts on Jan. 14 and Jan. 16. Both concerts are free to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Millburn Middle School’s auditorium.
The Jan. 14 concert will feature students in the 8th Grade Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Select Strings, and 6th Grade Orchestra. Students in the 6th Grade Concert Band, 7th Grade Concert Band, and Jazz Band will be highlighted on Jan. 16.
Ms. Marie Tracy will lead our orchestra program Tuesday evening with a variety of music for both strings and full orchestra. The 6th Grade Orchestra will be performing Mozart’s famous “Ave Verum”. Mozart’s finale to his “Symphony No. 10” will be featured in the 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra program. Our middle school’s premiere string ensemble, the Select Strings, will be performing Schubert’s famous “The Trout”. Meanwhile, the full Symphonic Orchestra will entertain with Gliere’s “Russian Sailor’s Dance”.
The Jan. 14 concert will also feature more of our talented wind bands. The 8th Grade Band is performing “Sundance”, a work from composer Carol Strommen, and Clare Grundman’s “Little Suite for Band.” Mrs. Adrienne Blossey will be leading the 8th Grade Band in their performance. The Wind Ensemble, which earned a fourth straight Gold Rating at last year’s North Jersey Middle School Concert Band Festival, will be playing a challenging standard entitled “Blue Ridge Overture” by Frank Erickson. Mr. Brian Fleming will also lead the Wind Ensemble in a creative piece entitled “Incandescence”.
On Jan. 16, the 6th Grade Band, under the direction of Mr. Fleming, will be performing a diverse program of music. Included is “Crusade”, an exciting piece from composer Vince Gassi, and “Discovery Overture,” from composer Anne McGinty. The 7th Grade Band, conducted by Mrs. Blossey, will be performing “Misterioso” by Steve Hodges and a wonderful selection by Sam Hazo called “Our Kingsland Spring." The middle school’s talented Jazz Ensemble will finish the concert by playing “Jumpin’ at the Woodside,” a jazz standard, and “Four Brothers.”