MAU bands perform music from movies, contemporary composers

BENNINGTON - The Mount Anthony Union High School symphonic band and jazz band performed their 2014 spring concert on Thursday, playing music from movies and video games, to go along with the more standard fare.

The symphonic band, directed by Marjorie Rooen, began with two movements from Robert Russell Bennett's "Suite of Old American Dances," "Cakewalk" and "Schottische," before diving into Ralph Ford's arrangement entitled, "Video Games Live Part 1," which included music from "Halo" and "Civilization IV." They closed out their half of the performance with a medley of songs from the second "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie.

The jazz band, also under the direction of Rooen, performed Toto's "Africa," Paul Baker's jazz standard "Boogie Lou," Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon," and Earth, Wind, and Fire's "September." "Africa" featured solos by guitarist Hawke Sleigh and special guest trumpet player Susan Green, who teaches music at Shaftsbury Elementary school.

The MAUHS choir also performed "Africa" during their spring concert on May 15.

In between bands, Rooen recognized the graduating seniors who would be performing with the band for the last time, including clarinet Keara Sternberg, alto sax Vincent Tatro, trumpet Alaina Kocsis, trombone Nathaniel Durfee, and percussionists David Hojnowski, Logan Crosier, Ryan Sauer, and Shelby Pisciotta.

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