Pre-festival concerts are nothing new to Gull Lake. They are typically performed a few weeks before the band goes to festival, where they will compete with other groups and receive a rating of their musical abilities by a judge. Lower is better, with a “1” rating being the best. On February 1, the Band, Jazz Band and Choir performed a wide variety of songs for their audience of parents, siblings, peers and anybody who wanted to experience Gull Lake’s musical arts.
The gym was abuzz with motion, with stands and chairs laid out for the band. The three-height stair-like podium was also setup for the choir. The choir walked in with their fancy robes and sang the songs “Kyrie” and folk songs such as “How Sad Flow The Streams” and “The Fiddler” for the entire gymnasium packed with people.
They performed with a rigor and degree of carefulness, voices blending into one cohesive voice, with the soprano and tenor voices co-mingling with one another to give a mixture of radiance. The choir performed their songs, then exited quietly and respectfully, some of them taking off their robes to reveal band clothes underneath.
Next up was the Jazz Band, that performed a wide variety of songs such as “Gonna Fly Now,” “Blue Brothers Revue” and “Vehicle.” While some schools may have just one band, Gull Lake has two. Jazz Band, which focuses more on the “jazzy” side of music and feature instruments that help make that happen, including saxophones, trumpets and the like. They usually don’t play music that a concert band would play. The concert band is a typical band, playing songs not because they were snazzy or jazzy, but because they were typical informal style music that would pander to a lot of people. The jazz played music that had a certain amount of “pizzah!” than the conventional concert band, and it does show.
The contrast between the instruments ensured a stable, fundamental melody for the jazz band and the gym full of people listened intently to these jazzy, snazzy songs.
After the jazz band had played, it was concert bands turn with the two songs “Whispers from the Heart” and “First We Dream.” As with the jazz band, there was a cohesive melody, though they were more almost basic songs and didn’t have the blues element that the jazz band did.
Again, people listened intently to the melody, the instruments blending for a single cohesive multitude of sound.
There are three bands–jazz band, concert band, and symphonic band.
The symphonic band’s difference with the former two is that concert band students ‘try out’ for the symphonic band and that it’s supposed to be a higher-level concert band class. Once the concert band was finished, the symphonic band played “Rotetzsky’s March,” “Salvation is Created,” and “Satiric Dances.”
Although the symphonic band wasn’t as big, they still played with a cohesive, strong melody and people listened intently. After “Satiric Dances,” Ms.Floy Latham thanked everyone who came and encouraged people to help put up chairs.