By Amanda Arp
The musical cacophony of trilling flutes, pounding percussion, and singing voices filled the North Tama Gym last Tuesday night. The annual spring concert and awards night included two numbers from the band, three pieces from the chorus, and the giving out of awards and letters.
The band first performed at 7:00. Dressed in their black band uniforms, the students played two songs for the assembled crowd of music lovers, parents and friends. The first was titled Air for Band which was composed by Frank Erickson.
Junior Amanda Hoeg mentioned, when asked about the song, Air for Band is my favorite song ever and I really appreciate the support the music parents gave us.
Frank Erickson also composed the second piece they performed Rhythm of the Winds. Both songs were taken to the Band and Chorus Large Group Contest in Marion last Friday, where they received (ratings, I will know by Monday).
After the band took their final bows, the chorus members came out in their red robes and performed three songs. Accompanied by chorus director Mr. Terry Shay, their first song was The Water is Wide, which was followed by It is Good to Praise the Lord and Pie Jes.
When asked about the performance, junior Dylan Youel said, It was fun to be able to make music with my classmates.
Next came the awards. If students displayed excellence during the year, certificates and medals came their way. Also, quite a few students received letters from band and or chorus, which symbolizes their dedication to North Tama's music program. The four big awards of the night were directed at seniors.
The two prestigious awards for band, the John Phillip Sousa Award and the Louis Armstrong Award, were given to Brooke Johnson and Alex Kubik respectively. The two awards for chorus, Evelyn Wilson Vocal Award and North Tama Outstanding Vocalist Award were given to Sara Stoakes and Brooke Johnson respectively.