Fall Concert 2016


This past Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, North Point High School held its annual Fall Concert, featuring the Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, and Symphonic Band, all conducted by North Point’s Senior Band Director, Marvin Vandyke. It was a performance to remember, receiving praise from students, teachers, and all attendants alike. The concert opened with the Jazz Ensemble, playing a variety of selections, ranging from an improvisational interpretation of “Norwegian Wood” (by Paul McCartney) and John Lennon, to an arrangement by well-known jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis’s “So What.” The Orchestra followed suit, straying more towards the classical aspects of musical literature, playing “Overture to Orfeo” (Christoph Willbald Gluck), all three movements of the “Brook Green Suite” (Gustav Holst), the “Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana” (Pietro Mascani), and the first movement of Palladio (Paul Jenkins). North Point Senior Aaron Abshire, a percussionist for the Jazz Ensemble and a cellist for the Orchestra, was “proud of the performance and incredibly satisfied with concert as a whole.”  The concert concluded with North Point’s very own Symphonic Band playing genres ranging from marches to folk songs, including but not limited to “Country Gardens” (Percy Aldridge Granger) and the “Amazing Grace,” (arranged by Frank Tchelli). Once again, an incredibly diverse and well put together selection has been arranged and performed thanks to the efforts of Marvin Vandyke, and all those who play for North Point’s top performance Ensembles. The Instrumental Arts programs were something of a spectacle to witness and an absolute pleasure to hear, and there is no doubt that they will hold their Winter Concerts with even more success than the Fall Concert, as they always seem to do so.