Exeter Union High’s music department to present a concert on May 27
Musicians from Exeter Union High School will gather for their first performance of the year at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 27 in the stadium.
After more than a year of practicing music virtually due to the pandemic, the students and director Kirk Clague can’t wait to bring their talents together in front of a live audience at a concert called “Music Under the Stars.”
“This event is a way to show our community that EUHS students are alive and ready to reinvigorate music,” said Clague, on the occasion of his 25th year at EUHS. “I believe that making music, as we do here, activates a part of the mind and spirit of students that is not achieved in other disciplines. The loss of unity was more than a social loss; our program teaches cooperation, leadership, instant decision-making and self-discipline among other intangibles. He just couldn’t do that with Zoom. The “Music Under the Stars” will show that we are back and that we intend to return for the future. “
Admission is free and the public is welcome to come and go respectfully as needed. Masks and social distancing required.
The stadium will be divided into two “stages” on the track, where students new to guitar will perform in ensembles. The Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers will each present two pieces for the public.
Clague will also be presenting prizes to these students, followed by a short intermission at 7.45pm.
Next, the EUHS Marching Band and Colorguard will inject spirit and excitement into the crowd as they parade down the track, marching in time to the aptly named ‘Covid Beats’ cadence, then performing the’ March of the American Legion ”and the EUHS Fight Song. .
Students playing wind instruments will wear specially designed masks and bell covers that will capture any dissipated air particles as they play.
Members of the front ensemble, who play mallet instruments such as vibraphone and marimba, will perform “Asante,” a melody for African children, and then the whole group will come together to present a visual performance on the pitch.
Similar to a halftime show, students will show off the walking skills learned during the weekly cohorts in the spring semester.
The prizes will be given to the members of the group and the whole evening will end at 8:30 p.m.
The public is encouraged to attend, not only to enjoy a rare live musical event, but also to encourage these students in their musical endeavors.
“I’m inviting the audience because I know the kids would love to know that they are noticed in our community,” said Clague. “I would like the people of Exeter to help me rebuild the confidence of these children, and I think there is some joy in seeing and hearing children making music for everyone who comes. Will the music be perfect? Probably not! But will it be presented with enthusiasm? Oh yes! People should see and share this enthusiasm! “