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Proviso East Bands Wow Crowd at Winter Concert

January 15, 2016 01:25 PM
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A new year and a new director has made little difference for the Proviso East High School bands, who again wowed a large crowd at its Annual Winter Holiday Concert on December 14 in the school’s auditorium. 
 
The concert, beginning, jazz, and marching bands, under the direction of Mr. Cletis Seals, performed a medley of holiday favorites as well as jazz and marching bands favorites in front of more than 200 people. The beginning and concert bands performed Christmas songs such as "This Christmas," "Jingle Bells," and "Winter Wonderland," while the jazz band performed old favorites including Russell Barroso's "Brazil" and Count Basie's "April in Paris."
 
"Having my first winter concert was stressful and memorable," Mr. Seals said. "Putting on a concert is hard work, and one doesn’t realize the extent of this work until being put in that situation. The entire day I was anxious about the performance and how things would flow, but the students really helped to ease my mind seeing their talent flourish as we neared performance time."
 
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, also was in attendance at the concert. She said that she was proud to see the band continuing to be strong as well.
 
"The Proviso East band is one of the many groups in which we take pride in our District," she said. "They continue to show that they are among the best bands in the region and they should be congratulated on all of their success."
 
The marching band, led by drum major Romeo Holmes-Semien, performed selections from the 2015-2016 marching season. In addition, concert attendees could view art work by Proviso East students.
 
"The Annual Winter Holiday Concert is a showcase of some of the best that Proviso East has to offer," said Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East. "I thank all of the students, faculty, and staff for their hard work in presenting as well as parents and the community for their continued support of the music and fine arts programs here."
 
Please click here to view more photos of the show!  
 
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