Schools from around Southeast Alaska brought their music to the capital city earlier this month at the annual Southeast Music Festival. The three day event featured concert bands, jazz bands, choral music, and instrumental and vocal solos. Each performance was judged and received either written comments or a “superior” rating. Check out this audio postcard from Music Fest.
We heard “Old Churches,” performed by the Craig Concert Band; “Festivo,” from the Juneau Douglas High School Symphonic Band; “Three Ayres From Gloucester,” played by the Petersburg Concert Band; “Vesuvius,” performed by Sitka Symphonic Band; “Inchon,” Thunder Mountain High School Symphonic Band; and “Celebration for Wind and Percussion,” played by the Wrangell High School Band.
We interviewed Kelsey Trojan, a junior percussionist at Craig High School; Mizani Rawhani, a senior bassist and tenor from Petersburg High School; Slush not Snow, a rock band in Juneau; Matt Lenhard, music instructor at Petersburg High School; John Depalatis, music instructor at Sitka High School; Tyree Pini, music instructor at Thunder Mountain High School; and Tasha Morse, music instructor at Wrangell High School.
Our thanks to the JDHS Video crew for helping with this story.