Andrews HS students celebrate music

  • Friday, May 30, 2014

Barbara Gengler for South Strand News The Music Extravaganza took in nearly 25 acts.

Students at Andrews High School rocked their musical expertise as they made their talent public during the school’s recent Music Extravaganza.

The Music Extravaganza, a work illustrated by an elaborate, spectacular musical production, was a first time on this scale effort of Kenneth Bedwell, director of Band/Choir at Andrews High School.

“The students were very excited to participate and I told them this would be an arena concert experience,” Bedwell said.

According to Bedwell, it was some mentors of Bedwell’s back in Michigan that he saw putting on events like this. “And it was a way to generate excitement and make the music program appeal to many.”

With more than 30 students performing he said there are a lot of Freshmen and not many Seniors, a lot of Sophomores and not that many Juniors, so they are pretty young.

“The theme is mostly the celebration of music,” Bedwell said. “There’s nothing like you have to perform this type of music or that type of music, so they were open to choose pop, rock, classic music, whatever touched their heart.”

Under dimmed lights, there were soloists and in between four or five soloists, there was a larger ensemble, and then more soloists and a larger ensemble.

The Music Extravaganza took in nearly 25 acts that varied from soloists, guitarists, drummers, Teacher’s 80’s rock tribute band and local church choirs.

The Andrews High School Concert Choir, Andrews High School Jazz Band and the Andrews High School Drumline also played a part.

“I’m very proud of the students and the work they put in to it,” Bedwell said. “It means a lot to them and we’ve done a lot of promotion trying to get the word out. We’ve done a lot of musical growing and they’ve learned so many musical concepts, not only for this concert, but for others so this is really the pinnacle of their musical experience this year.”

“You will all do great,” Bedwell told the students. And they all did.

Maggie Cannon, Bradley Harris, Dalton Maglich, Tavon McCutchen, Michala Blakely, Katelyn Cooper, Michaela Collins, Tareick Elmore, Tori Paige Kellahan and Juwan Smith were among the participating students.

Student reactions included “I’m looking forward to my solo performance and not screwing it up.” Many others agreed with this statement.

“I want to be here tonight for the school, plus to entertain people and show them what music really does,” said Bradley Harris.

Other students were excited to perform and sing in the chorus while others were looked forward to the talented people performing tonight. “I am looking forward to showing off for everybody,” one said.

Bedwell said they plan on growing the music program and making sure the students grow with it.

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