Student Musicians from Mountain View and El Monte Union High School Districts Featured at the Annual Combined Band Concert
The Mountain View School District and El Monte Union High School District collaborated again this year to present a wonderful concert featuring the school bands from both districts. Over 300 student musicians in sixth through twelfth grade participated in the annual Combined Band Concert held at Mt. View High School. Playing to a standing room only crowd, the students put on an amazing performance.
The purpose of the combined concert is to show the student musicians, as well as parents and audience members, the sequential growth of the students’ skills as they progress through the school music programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
“Welcome to this exceptional night of beautiful music by our wonderful student musicians,” said Lillian Maldonado French, Mountain View School District’s Superintendent. “I want to extend my appreciation to the excellent band teachers from both districts for their dedication to the students and the school music programs. I am a former band mom, my sons were in band in high school and I know how much time our teachers, students and our parents and families invest and it’s all worth it. Learning to play an instrument has a significant impact on student academic success and being in the band is a lot of fun.”
MVSD’s sixth grade beginning band students representing Cogswell, Maxson, Parkview, Payne, Miramonte, Monte Vista and Twin Lakes Schools kicked off the concert. Under the direction of band teachers, Nancy Atilano and Jim Bynum, the beginning band members performed American Pride and T-Rex. The award winning bands from Kranz Intermediate and Madrid Middle Schools featuring sixth, seventh and eighth grade advanced band members impressed the crowd with Greenbriar March and The Curse of Tutankhamun. The second half of the concert featured South El Monte High School’s band performing Foundry and The Incredibles under the direction of band director David Morales, El Monte High School’s band, led by band director Juan Quintero, playing Joy Revisited and Incantations and concluded with Mountain View High School’s band playing American Folk Rhapsody No. 4 and Festivo directed by band teacher James Fraracci.
“There is a proud tradition of strong band programs in our school districts,” said Atilano. “Both school districts recognize the importance of the performing arts in the educational program and the many benefits of learning to play an instrument including scoring higher on tests and enjoying more success in school. I encourage all the students to stay in the band program throughout high school and even in college,” she added.
Music is an essential part of the entire school and academic experience and both Mountain View School District and the El Monte Union High School District are committed to continuing to support and expand the instrumental music programs for the students.
“Throughout the year all of the bands represent their schools and the cities of El Monte and South El Monte wonderfully at a variety of events,” said Sean Grycel, Kranz Intermediate School Principal. “We are extremely proud of all the student musicians and grateful to the band directors and music teachers who continue to teach and inspire them.”
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