October is full of free music in Winton Woods City Schools, and the public is invited to attend. Band Night kicked off the concert season for the district as Winton Woods High School and Alumni band musicians performed at the homecoming football game on Friday, September 17. Dani Ashbrook, band director at the high school, said the Marching Band Concert on Wednesday, October 20, is another opportunity to experience the songs of the season.
“This is a unique and cool concert,” said Ashbrook. “The marching band literally lines the auditorium and plays toward the guests. The audience gets an up close and personal experience with live music because the students are playing right in front of the guests from the sidelines. It is a really cool experience.” The band will play through all the songs of the season, opening with the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Alma Mater,” The Marching Band Concert will take place in the David Bell Performing Arts Center at the North Campus Winton Woods High School at 7:00 p.m. sharp on October 20.
The lineup of fall concerts will also include our talented vocalists from the Winton Woods High School choirs and a cappella groups. The choir will host their first concert of the season on Tuesday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the David Bell Performing Arts Center. Winton Woods High School Director of Choirs Beth Miller, said the Varsity Ensemble will perform “Sing Gently” by Eric Whitacer, “Tjak!” by Steven Hatfield. Bella Voce will sing the “Cedar Swam” arrangement by Jay Broeker and “I Am His Child” by Moses Hogan. The Men's Ensemble will sing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Fly me to the Moon” arranged by Roger Emerson. The Women's Chorale will sing “Kye, Kye Kule” arranged by Greg Gilpin and “Bhombela” arranged by Will Skaff.
Kelsey DeMange, who directs the school’s a cappella group, said there will be an a cappella concert on Thursday, October 28, featuring popular songs from the social media app Tik Tok like “Electric Love” by Born, “Tonight You Belong to Me” and artists like by Billie Eilish and Bon Iver. “I know they heard these songs all summer, so I made them into arrangements,” said DeMange. The concert will also feature the Winton Woods High School Jazz Band under the direction of Jordan Habel, band director.
The month of music would not be complete without a performance from the string orchestra. The Winton Woods High School and Middle School orchestra will have their first concert of the season on October 26 at 7:00 p.m.