Sunday, February 21, 2016

My Guest Blogger: Veronica Lane With, Congratulations to ND/Res Band

I am pleased to present a guest blogger, Veronica Lane.  Veronica is sharing the following message:

Saturday, February 20, 2016 the Notre Dame/Resurrection Band attended the IHSA State of the Art Band competition.  This competition is for Catholic School bands in the Chicago area. Each band prepares two pieces, a march and one other piece.  The bands perform before three judges.

We prepared "Brandenburg Gate," a German March by Johnnie Vinson, and "Metamorphosis" by Andrew Boysen Jr.  Both are gorgeous pieces.   We had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Vinson on Thursday.  Mr. Vinson provided advice which helped us with our performance! 

At the Saturday competition, the ND/Res Band received first place in the AA class, and we also received best in percussion! This is the second year in a row that we received both awards. The countless hours of hard work really did pay off.  We took some pictures of the awards and the awardees which I am sharing with you at the end of this write up. 

In total there are thirty three of us in the ND/Res Band.  The Res girls that are in the band include:

Samantha Arce- freshman (flute)
Emily Thorson- sophomore (clarinet)
Chloe Chaparro- sophomore (clarinet)
Kayla Vargas- sophomore (saxophone)
Alyssa Walsh- junior (bassoon)
Laura Pavlik- senior (trumpet)
Veronica Lane- senior (trombone)

As seniors, Laura Pavlik and I are doubly excited because it's our last year and both of us could not be more proud to part of this great group.  

Next Saturday, the 27th of February, the band will be competing in the Midwest Music Festival at Lemont High School.  This time both Catholic and public schools from the Chicago area will be competing. We love to hear that people are rooting for us and we would be even more excited to have some of the Res Community come to hear us perform (we will perform at 4:15).  I hope telling you about the ND/Res Band makes you feel connected and proud.

The phrase we often say before practice or performing is:   "Hearts on Fire, Minds on Ice", which reminds the members of the band that behind the music must lie passion, like flames.  However, the mind must remain focused like an artic breeze.  We work hard but,  I absolutely love band and the people in it.

Go band!


Veronica Lane 
the Notre Dame/Resurrection Band

Resurrection Band Members with the Award

Resurrection Band Members

1 comment:

  1. Very classy ladies, you have represented us all with style and grace! Indeed, GO BAND!