Stellar Holiday Band Concert at SPHS

Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra, all perform to a festive, holiday crowd

PHOTO: Richard DeLannoy | SouthPasadenan.com | The horn section plays at the holiday band concert at South Pasadena High School

All four of the South Pasadena High School bands, under the direction of Howard Crawford, performed a tapestry of music from classic to contemporary along with some holiday favorites much to the delight of the crowd gathered Thursday evening. The concert was held in the high school auditorium to a standing room only crowd and they were in top form.

PHOTO: Richard DeLannoy | SouthPasadenan.com | Howard Crawford conducts at South Pasadena High School Auditorium

The evening began with the Concert Band playing the celebratory “Celebration and Song” and “Ammerland”. Next up was the Symphonic Band playing “Among the Clouds”, “With Every Sunrise” and the Todd Stalter piece “Ingnition”.

PHOTO: Richard DeLannoy | SouthPasadenan.com | Saxophone section heating up the joint at the SPHS Holiday Band Concert

Jazz Ensemble did a crowd pleasing rendition of “Sweet Georgia Brown”, followed by “Christmas Island” and the finger snappin’ “Lindy Hopper’s Delight”. You could almost feel the snow and taste the hot chocolate as they dug into “This Christmas” and ended with “Come on, Come Over”.

PHOTO: Richard DeLannoy | SouthPasadenan.com | Stunning strings during the orchestra portion of the SPHS Holiday Band Concert

Closing out the spectacular evening of music was the Orchestra performing “Ani Ma’amin”, “Symphony No. 5 in E Minor” and finally you could feel the audience sigh as they closed the show with a perfect rendition of “The Christmas Song”.

A tremendous time was had by all and it was a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. We are indeed lucky to have Mr. Crawford and such an outstanding music program at the high school that the whole community gets to enjoy!

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