A trio of Cullman High School bands play to a packed house for the spring concert

(Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Alabama – The Cullman High School Band performed their annual spring concert Thursday night at Cullman High School.

In a packed auditorium, the band, symphony orchestra and jazz orchestra played musical selections to their families, friends and community members.

“We’re happy to be here tonight to hear some wonderful music from talented high school bands. Our son, Kyle, is a junior in the concert band and jazz band. They just got back from Atlanta where they performed at the Hard Rock Cafe,” shared proud Cullman Band Booster President Michael Christensen.

The school band opened the show with “A Jolly Walk in Hibbertland” by David R. Holsinger followed by “Nebula” by Randall D. Standridge and “Barrier Reef” by Robert Shelton.

Then the Symphonic Band played odes to a galaxy far, far away with tracks from Star Trek and Star Wars.

The evening was closed by the Jazz Band with six songs ranging from the famous “It Don’t Mean a Thing” to “The Way We Were”. Jazz Band singers were Madison Smith and soloists included Logan Walker, Lily Howze, Yukino Shichinohe, Domenico Brunetti, Sam Adkins and Xander Canada.

Parent Clifford Emond took over the live stream as his multi-talented daughter took the stage.

“I’m taking over my daughter’s place here tonight because she’s on stage with a flute. I help make the audio and video for the livestream. My daughter, Katie, is co-captain with the Color Guard this year and she plays the flute. She also does the audio for the performances and got us ready for tonight’s gig. In general, I manage the concessions, I drive the truck of the group and all that they ask me to do. Katie is a senior who is heading to the University of Alabama in the fall. I’m so proud of her. She will study broadcasting with a minor in foreign languages.

Absent from the event was beloved percussionist Will Fowler, senior of Cullman High, who died in August.

Cullman High School Bands Principal Christopher Smith previously shared of Fowler, “Will Fowler was one of the most incredible students I have ever had the honor of teaching. His work ethic, positive attitude, determination and compassion for others were unparalleled. He was everything you would want from a group student. I will miss him every day and strive to be the kind of person he was. His example will live on in the Cullman Band forever.

After their banquet, the students will have a break until the beginning of the music camp in July.

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