The John C. Birdlebough High School music department let sparks fly during its first collective concert of the 2017-18 school year.
The fierce and fiery theme began with the symphonic band’s rendition of the fast-paced song, “Fire!” followed by “Rise of the Firebird,” “Fuego del Alma” and “How to Train Your Dragon.”
Director Liza Grethel commended the students for their warm performance that afforded them thunderous applause and cheers from the packed auditorium.
Concert Chorus members dressed in the colors of fire as they beautifully sang “The Sparks Fly Upward” with guest percussionists Ethan Remington, Zaya Koegel and Declan Hawthorne.
Director Brian Logee said the intent of the night’s performances was to bring audience members back to the “primal, around-the-campfire feel” and to show how creativity sparks music in JCB students.
An a capella version of “Lord, There’s A Fire” brought a nice blend of powerful sounds before chorus members closed out their portion of the show with the songs: “Steam Heat,” “Across the Vast Eternal Sky” and “Is Not His Word Like A Fire.”
The Chamber Singers and Wind Ensemble also showed how high the flames of fiery music rose, as they, too, were recognized for their talents and impeccable sounds.