Collin Anderson
The Meadow Valley Middle School band performing at the annual fall concert, Oct. 16.

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, student band members put on their annual fall concert. The band teacher for the schools in the area, Jake Lester, has been working with the students to help them enhance their craft. Many times throughout the evening, Lester mentioned that the students “just keep getting better and better.” He encouraged both the students and their parents to continue practicing and improving.

The night began with the sixth-grade band, who started their set with the song, “Au Claire De La Lune,” a French folk song from the eighteenth century telling the story of a man’s need for a pen. After that came the jolly tones of “Jingle-Bells” and the sweeping crescendos of “High Adventure.” Next, Loni Philips sang “Sunflower,” which tells the tale of an unnoticed love, though the talent in Philip’s voice was impossible to ignore.

Following this, the Meadow Valley Middle School band took the stage, delivering their talented performance of the “Windstar Overture” and “Brass in the Basement,” which had the crowd dancing in their seats.

Then there was a short eight-minute intermission before the beautiful tones of “Rise Up” began, as sung by Mackenzie Marshall, accompanied by Natalie Whimple.

Next to take the stage was Lincoln County High School’s (LCHS) own concert choir, who began its set with “Child of the Universe” and “Remember Me.”

This was followed by a solo from Abigail Loverme, titled, “If I Aint’ Got You.”

The Concert Choir then wrapped up with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Jubilate Deo.”

Finally, the LCHS band began to play, starting with the upbeat song, “Cartoon Symphony” and finishing with “Bandology.”

In the end, the students showed their remarkable improvement over the years, and Lester mentioned that, “In just a year, you can see how much these students have improved. It just keeps getting better and better.”