Top band students chosen from Washington County to participate in the All-County Festival. From left are: Donna Montgomery, Hazel Robertson, Shannon
Top band students chosen from Washington County to participate in the All-County Festival. From left are: Donna Montgomery, Hazel Robertson, Shannon Haynes, Emma Haynes directly in front of her, McKaylle Woodcock, Jack Donders, Durgin McCue, Keaton Cossey, and Isaac Robertson. (Submitted photo)

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. - Eighty Cambridge Central School students from fourth graders to high school seniors will perform annual spring concert tonight, Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the CCS Auditorium, 24 S. Park St. The concert will incorporate five ensembles of different skill levels, each playing different selections, themed folk music from around the world.

The concert will feature a piece by the Senior High Band that students selected themselves, titled the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," written by American songwriter Julia Ward Howe.

"(In addition) to trying to get students to experience some traditional music from different cultures around the world we are particularly excited about the battle hymn," said director of bands, Melinda Speidel. "It will put the audience in the battlefield."

The song uses instrumental effects to mimic the sounds of echoing horns and drums in the battle field. A snare drummer will play out in the hall to create to make some sounds seem closer and others farther away.

The performance is expected to last an hour to 90 minutes, ending with a joint-band tune, "The Final Countdown," by Europe. The song is a preview to the marching band's parade cadence for next school year.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Contact Tom Momberg at tmomberg@benningtonbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @TomMomberg


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