Concert: Morenci school band

Morenci’s school band is about to revive an old tradition: an outdoor public performance.

In decades past city bands would perform outdoor concerts and the bands would generally include a few students. In the 1970s, the school marching band often performed concerts downtown to highlight music from the fall marching season.

Next week the performance moves back to Wakefield Park for a couple of obvious reasons. These kids love band and they want to show off their skills to the public. Morenci band director A.J. Garr thinks it’s a great way to lengthen the concert season and give his young musicians some extra time on the stage.

Morenci’s two school bands fared better than any have in many, many years during the recent district and state festivals. Members attribute that to the push they receive from their director, Mr. Garr. [see the school board story this week]. They talk about the feeling of family and community that develops among the tightly-knit group and they’re pleased with their success.

The bleachers at school band concerts are mostly populated by family members of the young musicians. Next Tuesday will give everyone else the opportunity to catch up on the band’s skills and enjoy a concert outside at the park.

The show begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy some free, local entertainment—just like your parents and grandparents probably did many years ago.