OTTAWA - Before a nearly full auditorium, the Ottawa Township High School Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble performed their 80th annual Spring Concert. Conductor Sarah Reckmeyer led her State Champion musicians in a two-part performance Thursday evening.
The concert began with an offering of four songs by the Symphonic Band which included Incantations by Robert W. Smith followed by Regenesis (Song of the Planet) by John Higgins. The award-winning saxophone section took center stage to perform Saxophonia by Stephen Bulla. And the first part of the performance concluded with a composition of songs from Pixar movies arranged by Michael Brown.
After a brief intermission the Wind Ensemble filled the stage and led off with Festive Overture by Shostakovich followed by Morceau de Concert by Saint Saens. This selection featured a horn solo by senior Luke Parker. On a Hymnsong of Lowell Mason by David Holsinger was the next selection. An original composition by student and ensemble member Jake Killelea, titled Into the Abyss brought the auditorium to its feet in a standing ovation.
The evening concluded with Vesuvius by Frank Ticheli.
The Ottawa Township High School Band has enjoyed it's 16th year as Class A State Champions.