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Jason Richins directs the band while they showcase their piece.

Jason Richins directs the band while they showcase their piece.

Photographer: Ruben Arcos, 11

Photographer: Ruben Arcos, 11

Jason Richins directs the band while they showcase their piece.

Ruben Arcos, Staff Reporter

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Band-o-Rama– just saying the word brings music to ones ears.

Band-o-Rama is a district-wide band concert where students from grades 6-12 a play music per grade. This event has been taking place for several years.

For  Jason Richins, head band director, this is his 13th year.  This year he was the announcer of the show. There was a total of 658 band students playing in the event this year. Of those, 200 where from the high school alone.

“My favorite Band-o-Rama was probably last year. At the end of the concert all band students play a piece together. It was definitely the most enjoyable combined piece we’ve ever done, and it was pretty awesome hearing all of those kids play at the same time,” said Richins.
One of songs played together as a major group was this song titled “Patriotic Snippets,” by Robert Sheldon. The songs played by the high school band  were called “Romp!,” by Dean Jenkins and “Peace Jubilee,” by James Swearingen.
“We’re actually in the middle of preparing for festival season. We had to put that on hold for three rehearsals to get ready for this concert. The songs we play are light and fun, music that the audience will enjoy,” said Richins.

Photographer: Ruben Arcos, 11
Members of the DCHS Band play their instruments during Band-O-Rama.

The music played also please band members that had to play them.
“My favorite thing to see about Band-o-Rama is when all the grades play together,” said Cannon Bunkall, 11.
He said his favorite concert was last years,  because he enjoyed listening to all the songs and seeing how hard every grade had worked to put the show together.
“We all worked hard to make a good production,” said Bunkall.
Next year won’t be a different story, Band-o-Rama will be held again during the Spring semester.
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