The band’s students at their last gig, some their last gig in high school. Adam Combs, back row, left to right, and Austin DeDood. Front row from left are Iknoop Bassi, Veronica Keats, Jessica Tritten and Kianna Davis. (Photo by Ruth Lloyd – Williams Lake Tribune)
Some brass perform at the last concert of the year at the LCSS campus - WL, Treena Phillips, left to right, Jayvas Char and Ethan McDonald.  (Photo by Ruth Lloyd - Williams Lake Tribune)Some brass perform at the last concert of the year at the LCSS campus – WL, Treena Phillips, left to right, Jayvas Char and Ethan McDonald. (Photo by Ruth Lloyd – Williams Lake Tribune)
Latest gigs include Heidi Van Beers, back row from left, and Claire Munroe.  Opposite, Rachel Folland plays her solo.  (Photo by Ruth Lloyd - Williams Lake Tribune)Latest gigs include Heidi Van Beers, back row from left, and Claire Munroe. Opposite, Rachel Folland plays her solo. (Photo by Ruth Lloyd – Williams Lake Tribune)

On June 15, it was a full house for the final concert of the group Lake City Secondary School – WL campus A celebratory concert.

There was standing room only for supporters and the evening was led by music teacher Laura Eilers and master of ceremonies Austin DeDood.

“The kids played incredibly well. I’m so proud of all the graduates who have learned and played solos. One of the hardest things is playing in front of your peers, but these musicians knocked it out of the park,” Eilers said.

The Jazz Band, Senior Touring Band, Senior Concert Band, 8th Grade Band, and Mass Band all performed pieces, with featured graduate solos.

“The group of 2022 graduates stood out and really enjoyed their last performance in high school. It’s a gig I’ll never forget,” Eilers said.

Composer Robert Buckley joined the band’s students throughout the concert, and Buckley wrote the piece Dance in the sun specifically for the school music program.

“His ongoing support of music education in British Columbia is remarkable. He writes great music that kids love to play and audiences love to listen to,” Eilers explained.

The students had been working on the play for two years prior to the performance.


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