By Andrea Fajardo ’21
At Pritzker College Prep, the 11th annual Winter Band Concert was held on Tuesday in the cafeteria from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The concert was conducted by Band teacher, Benjamin Das.
As the concert began, the Color Guard presented the National Anthem with a student playing it with the trumpet. The first segment was the Jazz band and they were playing two songs which were “I Mean You” by Thelonious Monk and “Prelude to a Kiss” by Duke Ellington. Afterwards, the sophomores played “Salvation is Created” by Pavel Chesnokov and “Due North” by Michael Sweeney.
Sophomore, Crystal Garcia, explains how “The practices went pretty well as Mr. Das knew how to help us and to improve what we sounded like.” Ivan Santillan, sophomore, explained, “Not only did we have Due North and Salvation is Created but also Guardians of the Galaxy,” and the reason why it was excluded is “Guardians was definitely the hardest song we’ve ever been given […] [therefore,] we needed more time to practice so Guardians was not performed and was decided to be performed at the upcoming spring concert.”
As follows, the 2018 winter concert added another performance, introducing the Beats club, which is a club that is conducted by Classical Literature Instructor, Benjamin Groch. Groch had his students perform “Miserlou” by Mediterranean Traditional and “Lambada” by Kaoma.
Together, the juniors and seniors played three songs: “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” by John Rox, “Moana” by Jay Bocook, and “Rolling Thunder” by Henry Fillmore.
Garcia said, “Some instruments were not on the same pace and did have its little mistakes, we managed to get back on track.” Even though they had mistakes, the band managed to play what they have skilled for the past months in preparation for this event. Not everything is perfect in life but Santillan says, “Mr. Das always wants to make sure we are better than perfect and makes sure he does.”