The band and orchestra at TCHS hold a pop culture concert.
Written by TRACY CHEN / Published May 28, 2010
On May 25th, 2010, Temple City High School held its annual Symphony Pops Concert on the football field from 6:15pm to 8:00pm.
This was the last official concert of the year at TCHS, and it featured the combination of three orchestras and two concert bands in TCHS. Each performing group presented three different popular music pieces from different time periods.
First performing group was the Advanced Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, which played “Fiesta Tropicale”, an upbeat song. Freshmen Orchestra and Symphonic Band also played “Finale”, a classic written by Beethoven. Other famous tunes included were “James Taylor in Concert”, which was especially nostalgic to the parents, songs from “Mamma Mia”, and songs from popular videos games like Halo and Kingdom Hearts.
Not only did audiences enjoy the live concert, it was also evident that the students had a lot of fun rehearsing and performing each interesting tune, especially from Halo and Kingdom Hearts.
To prepare for this concert, the five distinct groups paired up with each other and went through two hours rehearsal after school the previous week.
This concert, considered by most students, was the most interactive and entertaining concert of the year. As the audience saw, despite the some minor difficulties, the performers did not lose their groove.
“We been waiting for this concert all year,” said a member of the Advanced Orchestra. “We get to play really good music and most of us all know the tune, so we have more fun while playing.”
This was also the groups’ directors who pick out their performing pieces, and they needed to consider the popularity based on all possible interests of the audience and students.
During the concert, there were some difficulties for the groups as well. “The sound is very different from what we are used to in the band room,” said a member from the Wind Ensemble. “The sound is a lot more spread out once we are out on the field, so it’s hard to follow the teacher’s tempo and listen to every one at the same time, but we still stayed together.”
As each group bowed and the audiences clapped, the feeling of accomplishment was definitely rewarding to the performers.