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APW Percussion Ensemble Snares Audience At Concert

The APW High School percussion ensemble performs in the dark using glow-in-the-dark sticks.
The APW High School percussion ensemble performs in the dark using glow-in-the-dark sticks.

PARISH – The Percussion Ensemble at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District snared the audience at its Senior High Winter Concert.

Family and friends join the APW wind ensemble and chorus for a collaborative holiday sing-along at the winter concert. From left: Casey Brouse (APW Board of Education member), Theresa Morey, Michele Catania, Sandy Kinney and Mike Horning.
Family and friends join the APW wind ensemble and chorus for a collaborative holiday sing-along at the winter concert. From left: Casey Brouse (APW Board of Education member), Theresa Morey, Michele Catania, Sandy Kinney and Mike Horning.

The auditorium was in complete darkness as the drummers performed “Short Circuits” by Lalo Davila with glow-in-the-dark sticks.

The percussion ensemble is a half-year course that meets one period a day.

They spent several weeks memorizing the piece for the concert.

“There were many challenges we faced. But, we were able to meet or exceed them,” said APW Junior /Senior High instrumental music teacher Janet Fiacco. “I am very proud of my students!”

The high school chorus and wind ensemble also performed many festive arrangements during the concert.

APW Senior High School Chorus sings at the winter concert.
APW Senior High School Chorus sings at the winter concert.

Fiacco directed the wind ensemble in pieces such as “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, while Junior/Senior High vocal music teacher MaryAnn Clarke-House directed “Good People, All Rejoice” by Philip Kern and more.

The evening concluded with a holiday sing-along (arranged by John Moss) by both the chorus and band combined, which also featured alumni and friends as guest instrumentalists, including APW Board of Education Member Casey Brouse.