The Boreen Hall in Esterhazy was packed on the evening of Thursday, May 7th, as family, friends and music lovers gathered together to enjoy a sparkling selection of movie themes, (as well as several original pieces), performed by music students and bands from Esterhazy High School.
With this year’s Coffee House, they were trying something new. With the house lights staying down for the entire evening (except when the 50/50 draw was held), a variety of movie clips were projected on the wall behind the bands. However, these were played silently, with the live music from the bands becoming the sole accompaniment for familiar scenes from movies such as The Hobbit, Shrek, Star Wars, Rocky, and even Blazing Saddles. Needless to say, the audience loved it, as did the performers.
However, there is a back story to this event, and it’s every bit as exciting as anything played on the movie screen.
The event was a fundraiser for a very special trip taking place in May next year. In that month, 56 EHS band students, aged 15 to 18, will be traveling to Disney World in Florida, to compete against school bands from around the world in “Festival Disney.” It is a prestigious event, and will be an experience these young people will never forget.
In addition to the competitions, the local bands will also attend workshops, and perform in a recording studio, where they will once again accompany Disney movie clips, while creating an actual recording.
Every performer will come home with a medal, and every school will receive a plaque to be placed on their wall. Top-placed bands will also be invited to attend an awards gala, where they will enjoy performances by Disney artists, and be further recognized for their own musical abilities.
Some of the current grade 12 graduating students will accompany the bands to act as chaperones, although they will not be eligible to perform in the competition.
Music teacher extraordinaire, Lauren Hearn, tells us that most of the fundraising will take place this year, and they are considering a possible open-air performance next month in the Memorial Park. Additionally, they would welcome any financial donations from the public to assist in making this dream come true for the young people. Mrs Hearn may be contacted at the school (306-745-6618) should any of our readers wish to contribute to this cause.
Great job last night! Well done to the musicians and vocalists of the Senior Band, Senior Choir, Grade 6 Band, Junior Glee, Grade 7 Band, and Grade 8 Band, for their dedication to music, and their willingness to express their talents before the public. May you never lose the love of music, and always walk through life with a song in your heart.
Enjoy the pictures below. Photography was somewhat limited with the lights down, and I tried to avoid using flash so not to distract the performers. Our own thanks to our platinum sponsors for supporting our photography. (Kevin Zazula, NVCU, Pharmasave, Crushrite, Maple Communications). Open the image viewer by clicking on any thumbnail below.