FULTON – Talent was abound during the Fulton Junior High School’s annual Music in Our School’s Month concert.
The Seventh Grade Band, conducted by Carrie Foster, opened the concert with “Boundary Road March,” a toe-tapping performance with a regal feel.
“To a New Beginning” was an uplifting piece, and “Spirit of the Sea” was about high energy and anticipation at sea.
“The Best of Queen” was a crowd favorite which featured a medley of hits from the popular rock group Queen.
Robbie Padilla directed the Seventh Grade Chorus in the three-part opening song, “Tres canciones de los elementos,” a song sung in Spanish about the elements of wind, rain and fire.
The group’s rendition of the 1970s hit “Come in from the Rain” featured soloists Elizabeth Carter, Charles Stoutenger and Kelsey Caza. “American Folk Rhapsody” was a collection of three short pieces, to which Kaitlyn Cayer, Meilin Lamanna and Sydney Osborn shined in their solos.
The seventh grade show concluded with the orchestra’s performance of “Rubber Chicken Soup,” “Appalachian Hymn” and “Shockwave.”
The orchestra is directed by Claire Wilcox.
Foster then revisited the stage as director of the Fulton Junior High School Jazz Band.
The small group, which was just formed last school year, received much praise and applause from the packed auditorium for their musical abilities during performances of hits such as “Moves Like Jagger,” “Happy,” “25 or 6 to 4” and “Final Countdown.”
Foster commended the students for their commitment to meet every Thursday after school.
The impressive musical talents continued with the Eighth Grade Chorus’ renditions of “Miranda and John” and “All of Me.”
The latter song featured soloists Abigail Pawlewicz and Leah Kingsbury.
Brandi Carr and Jasmine Fauler were guest flutists during the final piece, “Je Ne Fus Jamais Si AIse,” a song the group sang in French.
Eighth Grade Band members will perform during the G. Ray Bodley High School Bands concert on Wednesday, March 29. That show will serve as a moving-up concert, giving the junior high school students a taste of high school concerts and performance crowds.