Ending the year on a high note

Brian WilkinsonMay 15, 2013 

Toes were tapping and hands were clapping throughout the The Yosemite High School Music Department's free "End of the Year Concert" May 9 in the school's cafeteria.

The concert, attended by more than 100 music-lovers, featured nearly 20 songs by the department's percussion ensembles, wind ensemble and jazz band, including "Malibu Drive," Jamaican Sunrise," "Uncle Milo's Slide Show," Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides," and "Bounty Hunter" theme.

"We decided to perform the concert in the cafeteria so the students would have more room to set up their equipment," said Randy Hyatt, music director at the school. "It made for a smoother transition between the percussion, jazz band and wind ensemble."

The music department made the decision to make the concert free to the community.

"It was our way of saying thank you to our great community," Hyatt said. "We accepted donations at the door and once again, our generous community demonstrated their support for our fine musicians. The feeling of community is an important part of what takes place in the music department."

After the hour and a half performance, Hyatt said he was proud of the students.

"They have worked hard and have made great strides in their musical journey," Hyatt said. "It was very moving to say good by to the seniors -- These are not students, they are a part of our 'family' who gather on a regular basis in the band room."

"Mr. Hyatt has had a massive impact on my life," said senior Joseph Ekman, 18, trumpet section leader. "When I came to Yosemite High four years ago I wasn't quite there but Mr. Hyatt has shaped me into a mature young man through his words and music."

The students were treated to barbecued hamburgers and salads before the concert.

This week, the band is rehearsing for June 7 graduation.

Hyatt and assistant band director Pat Mierkey will conduct a Summer Music Camp June 19-28.

Details: Randy Hyatt, (559) 683-4667, ext. 243.

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