Visiting band entertains

Elementary students at Similkameen Elementary Secondary School were treated to some delightful sounds on May 1.

Members of the Lansdowne Middle School Band and Choir entertained at Similkameen Elementary on May 1.

Members of the Lansdowne Middle School Band and Choir entertained at Similkameen Elementary on May 1.

Elementary students at Similkameen Elementary Secondary School were treated to some delightful sounds with a performance  by  the Lansdowne Middle School Band and Choir from Victoria on May 1.

The school prides itself on having one of the largest and most outstanding musical programs in B.C., and that was evident in the tightly disciplined nearly flawless performances of the school’s grade 8 band and choir.

Band Instructor Nathan Georgesen said the school has 300 students in its music classes, and performed in the SESS Elementary gym with 60 band members.

SESS music teacher Alyssa Hait was a former staffer at Lansdowne School. She helped the visiting group out by playing piano for one of the choir’s presentations.

SESS students could be seen tapping their feet and clapping their hands to the beat during the band’s performance, who played a bit of everything, from a pirate melody ( Pieces of eight)  to Disney theme songs and modern music like Owl City’s “Fireflies”.

The Lansdowne Middle School Band and Choir will perform in Kelowna prior to returning to Victoria on the weekend.