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The Waldorf Wind Ensemble

By Ted Langat

Band songs are usually the best for me since it just provides better results to the audience than just a single instrument.

From the songs presented by the band, the different instruments showed or highlighted the skills of the students performing. People have different talents and playing an instrument marvelously can be placed as being a talent. Proven by the likes of Jacqueline Olson as she could play two different types of flutes in the same presentation. The concert kicked off as it was stipulated, at 7 O’clock.

The tune by Ronald Barret was rather quite interesting and exciting as the audience were eagerly awaiting to listen to the band perform and as they did the audience was amazed by their presentation. It could be seen that the audience loved the drums because it kept the beat going.

“However, the drums were not used on demand in this particular presentation, as it was soft and had a certain type of harmonious flow as the trumpet, clarinet and other instruments joined,” coming from Jane Austin, a fellow band lover present in the concert.

Even though a presentation maybe pleasing, if the same tune is monotonous it may become slow and not exciting to the audience. However, “the Belgian Paratroopers” were quite interesting for as the drums were involved more and more making the beat quite easy to follow. It brought about the feeling of adventure.  More use of the trumpets made the presentation livelier. In full sense, it was among the most favorite presentations that night.

The diversity of each musical instrument showed the ability of every student to have proper learning of music, which one could see the audience having faces of whether they should also start lessons. Moreover, from listening to the songs presented, it is evident that the band had ample time in practicing. Furthermore, it was noticeable that the type of presentation was more of polyphony and a little bit  monophonic. The few monophonic instances  was when the flute started a song and for a while the clarinet joined in a smooth key making it harmonious. Melody is seen from the “Pastorale Setting” by Brian Hog. The tone of the song starts out in low and smooth way as it rises elaborating more of a story or a tale and it gets high and somehow vigorous, and the tone goes down and finally becomes smooth again signifying the end of life or the downfall of something.

The audience thought the performance was fantastic and was thrilling every bit of it. Sadly it ended at about 9:16 p.m. marking an end at a wonderful performance like any other Waldorf Students present.