Amador Valley bands end the year strong in the Spring Band Concert 



Concert Band performs their last piece of the year, The Big Cage, conducted by director Jonathan Grantham in the spring concert.

With great energy, Amador Valley concert, symphonic, and jazz bands B and C performed in the annual spring concert at Amador theater on Tuesday, May 23, a celebratory culmination of their musical efforts and practice in the second semester.

‘’The spring concert is an important cumulative performance for the band at the end of the year, so it’s a good way to celebrate the hard work. They showed up professionally and played with a lot of hearts, we can’t be more proud. For me, this is also a beautiful way to say goodbye to all of our seniors,’’ said assistant band director Edwin Cordoba.

The spring concert gave the band members an opportunity to recognize their improvement and progress and strengthen bonds within the band community. 

“We have been practicing for about a month or longer. I think our effort is worth it, it was one of our best concerts because our whole band just united. In the beginning of the year, we felt a little bit disconnected between the different grades in the band, but at the end we kind of all knew each other and how we all play,” said clarinet player Madison Notari (‘24). 

Amador Valley symphonic band purple performed From Glen to Glen, Albanian Dances, and Cheerio March. Conductor Mr. Cordoba had made the music interactive by encouraging the audience to sing, clap, and whistle along with the melody. 

“We performed three pieces today, one of them is Cheerio March. It’s a really old piece made in the 30s and it’s a typical march, so it’s supposed to be upbeat, inspiring you to be happy. Tonight, my favorite piece has been From Glen to Glen because it has a nice horn solo,” said french horn player Maggie Mickaels (‘24). 

For many seniors in the band, this night formed another great memory that ended their high school music career on a high. 

“I really like this concert because it will be the last concert I will ever do in high school. It’s kind of emotional in the beginning of the play, since I will not be doing music in college. It was kind of nice to have my last concert and enjoy the last bit of the music program I have left. I really like the Albanian dances, that’s the first piece we played, I love how fast it is and fun to play all the little runs,” said flute player Eva Raul (‘23).