By Margaret McKinney
Outstanding Las Vegas middle and high school band students will perform with the New Mexico Highlands University concert band at Band Fest 2011 at 2 p.m. on April 3 at Ilfeld Auditorium.
The participating band directors call the concert an historic occasion that they hope will build a stronger sense of community between Las Vegas City Schools and West Las Vegas School District.
“This will be a wind ensemble concert with music ranging from light to serious,” said Band Director Edward Harrington. “The audience is in for a musical treat because the size of the wind ensembles will create a powerful sound, and these are the top local young musicians performing.”
Las Vegas City Schools Music Director Wally Sanchez and West Las Vegas Band Program Director Jose Muñoz selected the concert music for their ensemble of band students from RHS and WLVHS.
Harrington will direct the high school/university ensemble for the concert. Sanchez will conduct the finale piece of the concert.
Working with the middle school band students are Memorial Middle School Band Director Martin Sena and West Las Vegas Assistant Band Director Billie Matthews.
Students selected to perform in the joint concert were hand-picked by their band directors.
“This event has been a long time coming,” said Sanchez, who worked with Harrington for three years to plan the concert.
The guest director for the combined middle school ensemble is Maurice Romero, who directed the Santa Rosa bands. Assisting Romero in band rehearsals are former West Las Vegas Band Program Director, Don Romero, and Ken Mares, a former band director at both school districts.
Admissions for Band Fest is $5 for adults, and $3 for students and children.