MONTAGUE – The Montague High School Concert Band performed their first concert of the 2020-2021 school year on Sunday, May 16.
The Montague Bands’ spring concert has already taken place at the shell of the group, but it was more needed this year than others due to social distancing guidelines.
Emma Greenwood, director of the Montague Bands, shared her joy at being able to get back to playing with the audience. There was a good turnout at this performance, and the Montague Band Boosters were also present in the crowd, selling Montague Band merchandise and circulating a bucket for donations to the program.
The group performed a selection of fun and inspiring songs and the crowd listened quietly as they watched the kids come together with their peers on stage. Together, the group performed “Gadget” by Randall Standridge, “Salvation is Created” arranged by Houseknecht and “Arabian Dances” by Roland Barrett.
Each year, the spring concert is dedicated to honoring seniors, most of whom have been on the program since the start of sixth year. Greenwood paused the music to read about the inspiring qualities of each graduating graduate, as well as to share the positive comments made by underclass students.
This year’s Montague Band seniors are Oliver Doerr, Anna Anderson, Carly Kunze, Carson Tank, Madison Simon, Hunter Stevens, Noah Boggess and Olivia Johnston.
In addition to rewarding each senior, the spring concert also includes the presentation of two prizes which will be awarded to seniors. These awards are the John Philip Sousa Award and the Director’s Choice Award.
Hunter Stevens, who was the band’s drum major for two years, received the John Philip Sousa Award. The John Philip Sousa Award is recognition to honor the best student of the group who demonstrates leadership and dedication and is voted on by the students.
Noah Boggess was the recipient of the Director’s Choice Award. Greenwood has the responsibility of choosing who will receive this award, and she told the audience that one of the reasons for her choice was Boggess’ exceptional welcoming attitude and kindness to all students – not just his band mates. .