Arts Around Terrace: High School bands take stage to honor veterans of all eras — swing dance Saturday

he band plays in front of the big screen in the newly remodeled MTHS theater.
he band plays in front of the big screen in the newly remodeled MTHS theater.

Wearing a pair of borrowed shoes and stressing the importance of wearing the appropriate concert attire, Darin Faul, director of the Mountlake Terrace High School bands, took to the stage with the Symphonic Band, Chamber Winds and Drum Line Thursday night, excited to be the first groups to perform in the newly renovated Mountlake Terrace Performance Theater during the Veteran’s Celebration Concert.

In the theater, which has been retrofitted with a new sound system, the bands demonstrated balance, blend, phrasing and structure through the various songs and video big-screen accompaniment — giving everyone in the audience a new perspective on the meaning of Veterans Day. Fine tuning their performance for the Veteran’s Day Assembly today, Nov. 8 at the high school, Mountlake Terrace theatre manager and Vietnam War veteran Dave Dolacky will be a featured speaker. Director Faul invited the community to the assembly with the students, between song sets, while on stage.

The remembrance table.
The remembrance table.

Especially moving during Thursday night’s performances were two readings of poems: ” The Remembrance Chair” and a “Love Letter to an Afghanistan Soldier.” Designed to honor prisoners of war, the reading of “The Remembrance Chair” was accompanied by a table set with the white linen, red rose, yellow ribbon, inverted glass and empty chair — showing the meaning of sacrifice that each member of the military and their families give in the line of service and duty.

Director Faul and the bands invite the community to the Big Swing Dance and Veteran’s Celebration this Saturday, Nov. 9 at the high school in the HUB. This is the second year for the event and while there is a $5 fee, all veterans and military members are free and are encouraged to come in uniform to be honored. Big Swing Dance lessons are free! There will be desserts for sale so get your running shoes on, and if you need a pair, Director Faul has an extra set!

Moving on to the Nutcracker… it is the return after nearly 10 years of the dual performance by the Chamber Winds and Jazz I bands featuring Tchaikovsky’s classical rendition and Duke Ellington’s jazz version for this concert Dec. 13 and 14 in the Mountlake Terrace Performance Theater beginning at 7 p.m.!

Breakfast with Santa will also occur on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Mountlake Terrace HS HUB and will feature bands from the entire Edmonds School District along with your favorite Mountlake Terrace groups. A crafter’s corner will also be featured and photos with the jolly man himself, Santa! Your chefs for breakfast are the parents and families of the MTHS Music Boosters Group as a fundraiser and for more information or to become a crafter, contact music boosters president Sherrill Leppich at: [email protected] or 425-478-1989.

Need more strings in your life? The orchestra will perform this coming Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Mountlake Terrace High School Performance Theater. Orchestra conductor is Jennifer Schillen. Where is Mountlake Terrace High School? 21801 44th Ave. W. Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043.

Upcoming Events and Accolades:

Nov. 23: Jazz I and II Inclusion in the Northshore Jazz Festival. Details here.

Dec. 6-7: Essentially Ellington clinician Justin DiCiccio will be visiting Jazz I band members and Director Darin Faul Dec. 6-7 at Mountlake Terrace High School for their preparation to Essentially Ellington. Preparation includes learning the 2014 jazz music scores for the recordings to be considered for juried potential inclusion in the upcoming New York Essentially Ellington jazz festival this May 2014. He’s a Henry Mancini fan.

Poinsettias anyone? Fundraising comes in all packages. To get your holiday orders in for poinsettias, contact music boosters president Sherrill Leppich at [email protected] or 425-478-1989. Colors include red, white, pink and burgundy! Delivery and pick up for your flower order is Sat., Dec. 7 at the high school and each poinsettia is $10. Why fundraise? All the bands, choirs, and orchestra have goals and one of those is a trip to Disneyland ( yes, to include all the bands) set for April 3-7, 2014, when they will perform in the park and play music to a Disney movie, to be determined, which will be recorded! Lifetime event!

— By Lori Knight


Lori Knight sittingArts Around Terrace columnist Lori Knight co-owns  with her husband Eric the Knight Visions Studio Gallery. A Brier resident, Knight has been selling, promoting, marketing and framing art for 25 years. She opened her studio at 19533 Filbert Dr., in nearby Bothell. in 1987. Both of her children Briana and Chris are Mountlake Terrace High School graduates. (Photo by Patty Linna)





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