Georgetown High's Laura Cameron doesn’t let little things like a new baby, a new school or even foot surgery keep her from bringing out the best in her students.
Four days after returning from Easter break, the music teacher conducted both her young musicians and young chorus on the stage of the Thomas A. McInville auditorium to present their spring concert on May 2.
The band, filled with 9th-12th-graders, began the evening with The Star-Spangled Banner, and then performed Brian Bankston’s “Oscar Mike,” Rob Grice’s “Abandoned Treasure Hunt,” followed by a light and lively tune titled “Triumphant Spirit.”
The group added a few “Hey! Hey!” vocals to their band finale, Paul Murtha’s arrangement of the popular song “Despacito.”
Cameron took a few minutes with the chorus under the spotlight to ask the audience to applaud the administrators and school board members who were in attendance for the event, thanking them for their support of the music program as a whole.
“I have to say that this year at Georgetown High I have been very well-supported and taken care of. The administrators have gone out of their way to be kind and gentle with me as I learned the ropes and tried to figure things out and the kids have too—except for the scooter business,” Cameron said, alluding to the bell-ringing knee scooter she's been using since her recent surgery.
Cameron also took time to honor the seniors. She acknowledged drum major Trey Wineglass, who also played the trumpet for the concert, and chorus members Naomi Reed, Debbie Belusz, Tatyana Ford, Monica Grant, and Kumari Singleton. The group will be graduating with the class of 2019 on June 5.
Cole Porter’s catchy “Another Op’nin, Another Show,” began the choral set, followed by “Jambo” that featured bongo drum solos from tenors Naiquan Briggs and Jayson Brown. An a cappella version of the “Antiphonal Kyrie" carried the set into ”The Old Mill” and “Wake, Awake!” A sequence of solos from chorus members Vanessa Galicia, Destiny Grant, Caitlyn Greggs and Christian Pertelle concluded the evening’s finale with “A Million Dreams.”
Student assistants Michaelyn Gibson, Aaliqua Alston, and Angela Delia served as ushers for the event. Martin Salomon Aragon coordinated sound and lights along with GHS media specialist George Geer.