“Springish” band concert exhibits folk themed songs

By Jackson Freund, Hawkeye staff

The MTHS band program had their “Spring” band concert on March 1 in the theater, or as band director Darin Faul called it, “The Springish Band Concert,” due to the recent cold weather.

Chamber Winds and Symphonic Band started out the concert with “Cajun Folk Songs,” easing the audience into the performance with calming and slow music. The song took a sharp turn and jumped the audience awake with loud, yet upbeat music and ended the first song of the night with a calm rhythm.

The main song of the night was “Mazama,” a folk song with a twist. The song consisted of forest sounds made by instruments and the players. At some points the band sang and at other points, the flutes made the sound of wind.

“It seemed fun to finally perform ‘Mazama,’” sophomore clarinet player Sebastian Turner said. “We’ve been practicing for months, so it’s nice to finally see it come together.”

The band had been practicing “Mazama” since November and has been waiting for the opportunity to play it. Unfortunately for some, they would have to wait for the Southeast Quad Concert, the week after this concert, to play “Mazama” as only the symphonic band ensemble played it.

“I really liked [‘Mazama’],” freshman clarinet player Collin Thorpe said. “It really gave a Native American spin on the concert.”

The concert seemed to have a strong folk theme as most songs played were folk songs, such as “Cajun Folk Songs” or “Linden Lea,” making this a unique concert.

Another unique feature of this concert was the lack of the MTHS jazz bands, as most concerts have the jazz band playing. According to some band members there was a scheduling problem where many jazz band members were unaware of the concert and this caused the jazz band to be taken out of the concert’s schedule.

Due to the scheduling error the concert was cut short and only lasted around 45 minutes, about half the length of a normal band concert.