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Community invited to Hamilton Band Festival concert

Community members are invited to attend the third annual Hamilton Band Festival concert March 9 at 4 p.m. in the Templeton Middle School Gymnasium. Students in grades 5, 6 and 7 will perform four pieces. The performance will feature the world premiere of the piece “Panther Rising.”Music-notes-477

Students will participate in full band rehearsals and sectionals conducted by music educators from throughout the state during the day before the concert. Band students in grades 8-12 will lead team-building activities and mentor the younger students.

Michael Sweeney, Hal Leonard band publications director, will serve as the guest conductor. Sweeney has more than 500 published compositions or arrangements. He composed all of the music to be performed at the festival including “Panther Rising,” commissioned specifically for the Hamilton Band Festival with support from the Hamilton Education Foundation.

Jim Gornick, the district’s elementary band director, and David Neubauer, Templeton Middle School band director, organized the festival.