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Ridgewood High School Bands to Hold Annual Spring Concert

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photo courtesy of the RHS Bands

March 29,2018
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ , On Thursday, April 5, the Ridgewood High School Bands will perform their annual Spring Concert. The concert, which will be held at West Side Presbyterian Church, begins at 7:30 PM and admission is free. This concert will feature the school’s three curricular bands – the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble – and will feature a varied, exciting program.

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of John Luckenbill and Jeffrey Haas, will begin the concert with William Owens’ celebratory overture Spring River Fantasy. Regenesis, a programmatic work by John Higgins depicting the events surrounding the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens, follows in the program, and John N. Klohr’s famous Billboard March closes their portion of the program.

The RHS Concert Band, also led by Luckenbill and Haas, will continue the program by opening with Robert W. Smith’s By Loch and Mountain, a dramatic overture with a Celtic feel. Out of the Shadows, a work by Michael Sweeney based upon the Welsh folk song The Ash Grove is next on the program, followed by John Philip Sousa’s popular march, El Capitan. Finally, under the baton of Jeffrey Haas, the RHS Wind Ensemble will perform Mark Camphouse’s exciting Symphonic Fanfare, an exuberant opener with expansive and lyrical lines that juxtapose with majestic and energetic sections. Next on the program is Sean O’Loughlin’s three movement work, Unforgotten Friends, which was commissioned by the RHS Bands in 2005 as a post-9/11 tribute intended to not only remind the listener of loved ones lost, but also to honor those who perform selfless act each day. The Wind Ensemble will conclude the program by performing Leonard bernstein’s comedic political satire, Slava!

The Ridgewood High School Band Program is Bergen County’s largest, comprised of more than 230 students who participate in no fewer than 15 varied musical ensembles. The curricular bands, marching band, jazz ensembles, chamb