MVSD & EMUHSD Combine for Band Concert

MVSD & EMUHSD Combine for Band Concert

      The Mountain View School District and El Monte Union High School District collaborated again this year to present a wonderful concert featuring the school bands from both districts.  Over 300 student musicians in sixth through twelfth grade participated in the annual Combined Band Concert held at Mt. View High School.  Playing to a standing room only crowd, the young musicians put on an amazing performance.

     Each year the school districts combine for the concert to showcase the sequential growth of the students’ skills as they progress through the school music programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  This allows the student musicians, as well as parents and audience members to see and hear the different levels of music. 

       “Thank you for supporting this wonderful night of music by our hard working student musicians,” said Nancy Atilano, Mountain View School District Band Teacher and Director of the Madrid Middle School Band.  “Our musicians are excited to showcase what they’ve learned this school year and we hope you enjoy the music.”

      MVSD’s sixth grade beginning band students representing Cogswell, Maxson, Miramonte, Monte Vista, Parkview, Payne and Twin Lakes Schools kicked off the concert.  Under the direction of band teachers, Nancy Atilano and Joshua Perez, the beginning band members performed Bugler’s Dream and March for a Fat Cat.  The award winning bands from Kranz Intermediate and Madrid Middle Schools featuring sixth, seventh and eighth grade advanced band members impressed the crowd with Band at the Opera and The Best of Henry Mancini including The Pink Panther, Baby Elephant Walk, The Sweetheart Tree and Peter Gunn.  The second half of the concert featured South El Monte High School’s band performing Star Trek into Darkness and Music from The Incredibles under the direction of band director David Morales, El Monte High School’s band, led by band director Juan Quintero, playing Aventura and Urban Dances and concluded with Mountain View High School’s band playing Prelude and Fugue and Washington Post March directed by band teacher James Fraracci.

     “There is a proud tradition of strong band programs in our school districts,” said Atilano.  “Both districts recognize the importance of the performing arts in the educational program and the many benefits that come with learning to play an instrument including scoring higher on tests and enjoying more success in school.  I encourage all the students to stay in the band program throughout high school and even in college,” she added.

    Recognizing that music is an essential part of the entire school and academic experience, both Mountain View School District and the El Monte Union High School District are committed to continuing to support and expand the instrumental music programs for the students. 

     “We are very proud of our talented student musicians and appreciate the hard work of our music teachers and band directors,” said David Herrera, principal of Kranz Intermediate School.  “These bands represent their schools and the cities of El Monte and South El Monte performing wonderfully at a variety of parades and events throughout the year and make us all extremely proud,” he said. 


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