Van-Far’s band had another strong performance this year at the annual District Band/Vocal Contests held on Saturday, March 24 at Mexico High School. This year the band earned a “2” or excellent rating after performing “Them Basses” by GF Huffine and “On the Wings of Swallows” by Michael Sweeney.
“I’m really proud of the job our kids did this year,” said Van-Far Band Director Eric Eckhoff. “We performed both pieces as well as we’d ever played them. The judges gave us some constructive comments and we have a great foundation for next year’s contest.”
“Them Basses” is a march that features tubas, baritones, trombones, bass clarinets, and baritone saxophones. “On the Wings of Swallows” is a concert overture that features each instrument in some way. During the performance, senior Beth Owens performed a solo on the saxophone.
“I really enjoyed my final contest experience,” Owens said. “Even though we didn’t get a ‘1’ rating, I am very proud of how well everyone played and I see the potential for an even better performance next year.”