Last Friday, December 4, many Friends’ Centralites were blown away by the amazing performances from the Middle School Orchestra, Jazz Band, iPad Ensemble, and Chorus in the Meeting Room. While some people came for the cookies and lemonade, even they were raving about the musical talent in our Middle School.
The night got off to a great start when the FCS Middle School Orchestra took the stage at Shallcross Hall, performing songs such as the Star Wars main theme and “Born this Way” by Lady Gaga. Violins were in action, cellos were playing along, flutes and trumpets blasted their notes, and drummers were adding cool sound effects to help the Orchestra with their songs.
Next, the iPads were out as the iPad Ensemble (it wasn’t really an ensemble, as it consisted of only sixth and seventh graders (Skylar Davis ‘21, Sammy Darling ‘21, Sam Kazak ‘21, Liam Giszter ‘21, Benna Trachtenberg ‘21, and Charlie Szwartz ‘21) gave a performance of their new hit song “A-B-A Cookie Jam.” Filled with cool synths, bass melodies, and electric drum loops, the song kept the crowd on its feet. (insert recording or video of A-B-A Cookie Jam)
Then, the ever-so-popular Middle School Jazz Band performed jazzy (hence the name) songs like “Tune Up,” “Now’s the Time,” and “Alligator Boogaloo.” With a wide variety of instruments, including alto saxes, clarinets, trumpets, violins, pianos, drums, guitars, and even a xylophone, the Jazz Band’s songs were fan-favorites in the FCS community.
The amazing night ended with knockout performances from our Chorus, including a special sixth grade performance of “Best Day of my Life.” After their take on the famous pop hit, the Middle School Chorus sang beautiful songs like a cover on a cover on a famous holiday song. Their sweet voices filled the room and showed us a real sense of community at FCS.
After the outstanding performances, everyone headed over to the cafeteria for some fresh cookies and refreshing drinks. The snack was especially great for the performers, who gave it their very best shot to deliver awesome songs, which they did. We stuck around to interview people such as alto sax players Benny Flora ‘20 and Jonathan Roach ‘20, clarinet/piano player and newspaper writer Evan Sweitzer ‘20, and even our own dads!
Overall, it was a great night, and we look forward to the next concert!