Band students play inspirational tune

Energetic teen and preteen band members played a rousing feeder concert at R.A. McMath Secondary School on Tuesday. - Sidney Gao photo
Energetic teen and preteen band members played a rousing feeder concert at R.A. McMath Secondary School on Tuesday.
— image credit: Sidney Gao photo

“Success in music, success in life, it’s no coincidence.”

Energetic teen and preteen band geeks live by this old Yamaha Canada slogan from the 1990s, so there was no coincidence that Tuesday night's feeder concert at McMath Secondary School was also a success.

90 minutes of classic, jazz and lively music, featuring elementary schools Westwind and Homma, left the musicians and audience in awe.

The evening was aimed at inspiring the future McMath Wildcat musicians to continue their melodic journey after Grade 6 and 7 band.

Both elementary and McMath bands shared their flair and expertise through iconic pieces like the Star Wars Theme as well as Blues in The Night.

With more than 200 seats filled solely by musicians, McMath's band students were beaming with pride and hoping to impress the youngsters, to reel them into seeking more experience.

Eric Ma, a 16-year-old saxophone player, says the concert was a good exchange between high school and elementary atmospheres.

"Music is all about spreading the love, so events like these where we invite younger kids to listen to us, is very special because they give the senior students a chance to display their musical abilities and inspire the elementary students to try to reach the same level.”

Alvin Agatep, jazz band member, visits Westwind frequently as a volunteer, helping them achieve further musical success, to deepen the universal feeling of love for music.

He says that seeing them progress was touching.

“Although between the grade levels and age groups, there was a difference in the level of proficiency and musicality, there was a mutual sense of musical joy in that building that everyone could notice. And it's a great feeling.”

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