The Chattooga High School cafetorium was standing room only last night with parents, community members and past and present board members gathered in support of the students performing in various ensembles that make up the Chattooga County Schools’ music program under the combined leadership of directors Gene Greer and Chasity Brunache.
In a first for the winter concert program, the CHS jazz band opened the program with renditions of “Love Shack” and “Off the Hook” which they also performed at the Summerville Depot on March 2. As always, the jazz band is a huge hit with concertgoers. Students who perform in the middle school band can see a group that they normally would not be exposed to musically.
With brief breaks for set changes, the audience was treated to music from the beginner band and then the 7th-8th grade band, each under the direction of director Chasity Brunache. The growth in each of these bands is evident from one part of the school year to present. It is a privilege to see the artistic development in each of these students at their performances throughout the school year.
The CHS concert band not only delighted audiences with one song they will be performing at Woodland High School during their Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE) on March 13, they also kept the musical excitement going with Gene Greer’s interpretation of “The Great Locomotive Chase”and two new additions “Ballade” and “Ruckus”. The finale for the evening is the always amazing combined performance by the 6th-12th grade students. It is always a stunning sight to see a stage filled with between 140-160 students and perform a song that many of them have only had several chances to rehearse as a whole.
By: Carla Love