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Kohler Fall Band Concert

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On Tuesday, November 5, the Kohler Band Department will present its Fall Band Concert.  The concert, which features the Concert Band, Symphony Band, and Jazz Ensemble, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Kohler High School Gym.

The Fall Band Concert will be a musical journey around the world. It will be a celebration of what we do not know and an opportunity to learn and develop empathy for what we do not understand.The concert will feature music from outside our continental borders and celebrate the rich and diverse cultures throughout the world. The central theme of the concert will be Global Reach.  Music and the arts allow us to connect with people and places beyond our reach.

The students have studied many authentic folk songs, the messages they represent, the people from many unique countries and developed an appreciation for people who may be different than us. The music the students have studied has provided for a powerful and rich learning experience.  The concert will showcase some of the music the students have studied.  While our world gets smaller and smaller, it is important for all of us to respect one another throughout the world, try to learn who they are and make a global reach in order to make our world a better place.

The middle school Concert Band will open the concert with an Irish march called March of the Irish Guard.  We will perform Korea’s famous hymn Arirang and then travel to Africa and play an arrangement called Serengeti.  The Concert Band will finish their portion of the concert with a nod to 14th century England and perform a piece called Castles and Dragons. 

The high school Symphony Band will perform Unter de Doppeladler March by German composer Josef Franz Wagner. The next piece of music will be Into the Sun by composer Jodie Blackshaw.  She puts the topic of immigration before us, but not as we see it for the composer is from Australia.      During the performance, you will hear the voices of immigrants as they arrive at their new destination. It is mysterious piece of music and it is quite moving.  We will then explore the rhythms of West Africa to perform Hambone by Libby Larsen. Then we will board a ship for Greece to take in several folk songs – O Chalambis and Vasilikos tha jino.

The Jazz Ensemble will conclude the concert with Maria Schneider’s City Sunrise and conclude the concert with an Afro-Cuban piece made famous by Dizzy Gillespie called Manteca.

The bands are directed by Richard Tengowski.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Kohler Musician Selected to State Honors Orchestra

The Kohler band department is proud to announce that Lily Montes was selected to perform with the 2019 Wisconsin School Music Association High School State Honors Band.

Lily went through a rigorous audition process last spring and was selected to the state’s top high school band.

The 90-piece high school honors band met in Madison on October 23-24 for a series of all-day rehearsals.  Performances were in conjunction with the Wisconsin State Music Conference.

Lily is the daughters of Arvin and Rachel Montes.  Congratulations Lily!

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