Music in Motion is celebrating the Duke this weekend

By | October 7, 2022

You need not take the “A” practice to see this live performance this weekend, and even when “you do not get round a lot anymore”, there’s a native occasion that ought to be sufficient to get you within the sentimental temper.

Caravan Honest at Cheshire Excessive Faculty on Saturday eighth October for the annual Music In Movement marching band competitors. Performances start at 6 p.m. Sure, you may need guessed that this yr there’s a theme devoted to the music of the nice Duke Ellington, in response to Cheshire Excessive Faculty Choir Director and Performing Group Director Greg Bell. Bell changed director John Kuhner, who took a depart of absence.

Ellington was a legendary jazz musician and pianist who rose to fame within the first half of the twentieth century, significantly for his appearances on the world well-known Cotton Membership situated in Harlem, New York. His profession spanned a number of a long time till his demise in 1974, and lots of take into account him to be some of the influential jazz composers in historical past.

With Ellington on the heart of the efficiency, members of the native band will look to make sure they ‘have that swing’ for this weekend’s viewers, and as a former Affiliate Principal of the Cheshire Excessive Faculty Marching Ram Band from 2005 to 2011, Bell isn’t any stranger to the occasion.

“This yr our present is named ‘Final Practice Residence’ and loosely describes the story of our most important character, Peggy, who grew up in a rural city and studied to be a trainer. All the time enthusiastic about singing, she wanted to know if she might ever have succeeded. Peggy travels to New York, taking odd jobs as a waitress, looking for her large break, which comes when she will get the chance to sing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra on the Savoy. She travels the world performing with the Ellington Orchestra, however slowly realizes that fame is nothing and not using a household and a spot to name dwelling,” says Bell.

To place collectively their efficiency, the band devotes 4 days per week to apply, together with round 20 additional hours exterior of college, rehearsals and competitions every Saturday. All of this extraordinary effort will culminate within the USBands Open Class Nationwide Championship, to be held on November 5 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

In fact, cheering on the native workforce is all the time advisable, however the annual Music In Movement occasion additionally options bands from across the space, together with excessive faculties from East Haven, Meriden, Wallingford, Naugatuck and Southington. Moreover, teams from three faculties can be featured: Worcester Polytechnic, the College of New Haven, and the College of Connecticut.

One of many most important sights of the occasion, Bell says, past seeing the varied teams carry out their music and choreography, is a so-called “full retreat” that can happen simply earlier than the awards ceremony.

“Because of this all the scholars in every group will play collectively,” explains Bell. He estimates that “about 1,000 highschool and faculty musicians will play on the similar time.”

The approaching retirement of legendary UConn band director Dr. David Mills, who has led the college’s marching band packages since 1990, additionally provides particular significance to this yr’s Music In Movement.

He’ll lead the total ensemble retreat with a efficiency of “America the Lovely” to finish the efficiency.

Parking for the occasion is out there on the college. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students, with kids below 6 attending free.