The Webutuck Music Warriors received kudos for their Winter Concert performance in front of family and friends in the high school gymnasium on Jan. 26.
“I thought it was wonderful,” said band instructor and director Eric Wiener. “We had a great time. I think the students were amazing and it was a lot of fun.”
The concert opened with the middle school band and closed with the high school band. The high school band played a holiday song from The Nutcracker, “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and closed its show with “Havana.”
Violet Aufdenberg, a freshman, plays the clarinet in the high school band and enjoyed performing “Havana.” She said performing in the gym instead of the auditorium, which is being renovated, for the first time motivated band members. A curtain divider was used to contain the echo of the music to half the gym.
“I always have really enjoyed working hard to perform,” she said. “Tonight went a lot better than we all expected. We’re all very happy. I’m really looking forward to the conversation in class tomorrow.”
She added, “I think that the challenge of being in the gym really pushed us to practice harder. When we’re in our normal environment, we’re just used to everything. It was a new challenge that I think we rose to.”
In between the performances by the high school and middle school bands, the middle school and high school chorus came on the gymnasium floor to sing five songs, including the holiday favorite “Let It Snow” and “One Call Away.”
“I think it that it went really well,” said middle school and high school choral director Natalie Bojanowski. “We ended on a really strong note with ‘One Call Away,’ and it was really nice to be able to share this with friends, family and everybody in the community.”