Music Department Annual Fall Festival kicks off concert season
SaMya Overall, Reporter
The Wyandotte Music Department hosted its annual Fall Festival on November 7th, kicked off the concert season.
The Fall Festival featured all of Roosevelt's bands and orchestras, including the Wyandotte Marching Chiefs.
“All of our classroom ensembles perform including the marching band,” Band Director Mark D’angelo said. “So that’s concert band, symphony band, string orchestra, chamber strings, percussion ensemble, jazz ensemble and the Marching Chiefs.”
The concert was intended to wrap the 2017 marching season for the Chiefs.
“We’ve done it for 17 years,” D’angelo said. “I think I’m most excited for the marching band’s final performance of their music. It’s always a nice way to end the season and do a stand still performance.”
Being the start of the band and orchestras' performances, the Fall Festival is the first challenge they face. Senior MiKayla Joy plays viola in Chamber Strings and String Orchestra. She enjoys the difficult music she gets to play for the concert.
"The one I'm most excited for is in Chamber Strings. It's called Danse Macabre," Joy said, "...The viola part is more difficult in some parts and we have the melody which rarely happens. In really excited to play that part."
The music department has been practicing so they are prepared for the concert.
“We definitely have more enthusiasm going into this concert,” Joy said, “I feel more prepared in most of the ensembles.”
The festival gives the musicians a chance to showcase their hard work.
"It's my chance to shine as a true percussionist," Junior percussionist Gabrielle Sheldrake said. "I practice at home...and I stay after school to practice."
The festival has been held for 91 years at Roosevelt High School on the Wednesday after Election Day.