S-C bands to make joyful sound at concert


By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]



William Hooten practices his French horn early Monday morning in preparation for the Sedalia School District 200 Instrumental Music Concert. Tonight’s concert will feature bands from fifth grade through the senior high band all performing “Ode to Joy ” as one band. This will be the first time in several years all of the bands will perform together.


Sara Bradberry plays her trumpet while warming up with the members of the seventh and eighth grade symphonic band Monday morning.


Ilia Afatarli, a member of the flute section of the S-C seventh and eighth grade symphonic band, practices one of the holiday selections the band will play at tonight’s concert.


Pavel Zayats warms up with his trumpet before beginning to practice with his classmates Monday morning. There are 33 members in the seventh and eighth grade band, part of the 246 instrumental musicians in the Sedalia School District 200 band program. The numbers in the band program are continuing to grow, according to directors Grant Maledy and Stephen Broadbent.


Jacob Acklin plays his trumpet Monday morning in preparation for tonight’s concert at the Heckart Center for the Performing Arts at Smith-Cotton High School. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and will feature performances from five different S-C bands as well as all the school bands combining for a performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” The event is free and open to the public.


By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

William Hooten practices his French horn early Monday morning in preparation for the Sedalia School District 200 Instrumental Music Concert. Tonight’s concert will feature bands from fifth grade through the senior high band all performing “Ode to Joy ” as one band. This will be the first time in several years all of the bands will perform together.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_tsd120815bandconcert1.jpgWilliam Hooten practices his French horn early Monday morning in preparation for the Sedalia School District 200 Instrumental Music Concert. Tonight’s concert will feature bands from fifth grade through the senior high band all performing “Ode to Joy ” as one band. This will be the first time in several years all of the bands will perform together.

Sara Bradberry plays her trumpet while warming up with the members of the seventh and eighth grade symphonic band Monday morning.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_tsd120815bandconcert2.jpgSara Bradberry plays her trumpet while warming up with the members of the seventh and eighth grade symphonic band Monday morning.

Ilia Afatarli, a member of the flute section of the S-C seventh and eighth grade symphonic band, practices one of the holiday selections the band will play at tonight’s concert.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_tsd120815bandconcert3.jpgIlia Afatarli, a member of the flute section of the S-C seventh and eighth grade symphonic band, practices one of the holiday selections the band will play at tonight’s concert.

Pavel Zayats warms up with his trumpet before beginning to practice with his classmates Monday morning. There are 33 members in the seventh and eighth grade band, part of the 246 instrumental musicians in the Sedalia School District 200 band program. The numbers in the band program are continuing to grow, according to directors Grant Maledy and Stephen Broadbent.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_tsd120815bandconcert4.jpgPavel Zayats warms up with his trumpet before beginning to practice with his classmates Monday morning. There are 33 members in the seventh and eighth grade band, part of the 246 instrumental musicians in the Sedalia School District 200 band program. The numbers in the band program are continuing to grow, according to directors Grant Maledy and Stephen Broadbent.

Jacob Acklin plays his trumpet Monday morning in preparation for tonight’s concert at the Heckart Center for the Performing Arts at Smith-Cotton High School. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and will feature performances from five different S-C bands as well as all the school bands combining for a performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” The event is free and open to the public.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_tsd120815bandconcert5.jpgJacob Acklin plays his trumpet Monday morning in preparation for tonight’s concert at the Heckart Center for the Performing Arts at Smith-Cotton High School. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and will feature performances from five different S-C bands as well as all the school bands combining for a performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” The event is free and open to the public.

If you listen, you can hear the sounds of the holidays all around, and that will be especially true for parents, students and patrons who attend the Sedalia School District 200 instrumental music concert tonight.

In a program that will feature traditional Christmas classics along with a few new twists, perhaps the biggest new take on holiday music will not be an individual song played but the manner in which one selection will be performed.

For the first time in several years, students from the fifth grade though the high school band members will play together to close the concert by performing “Ode to Joy,” a movement from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

“We thought it was important for the whole band to see the direction we are going in,” said Grant Maledy, band director at Smith-Cotton High School. “It’s a great opportunity for the upper students to work with and help the younger students have an understanding of what is expected from the members as they are older.

We also have several parents who have students at different grade levels in our instrumental program,” Maledy added. “We thought this was a way that they could spend one evening enjoying all the bands rather than having to go to multiple concerts at different schools.”

The concert will feature the fifth and sixth grade bands, combined seventh and eighth grade symphonic band and the high school band, which includes students in grades nine through 12. The S-C Jazz Band will also perform between each individual band’s selections.

With 246 students who are participating in the band program this year, the department is continuing to grow, according to Smith-Cotton Junior High Director Stephen Broadbent.

“We are a much larger group than we have been in the past few years,” Broadbent said. “We keep continuing to grow, which is always a good thing.”

With musical selections including “Mozart at the North Pole,” “Santa’s Grotto” and “Sleigh Ride,” there will be something for everyone to enjoy, both Broadbent and Maledy said.

Guests at the concert will also have their sweet tooth tempted with a silent pie and desert auction. Proceeds from the auction will go to the band’s general fund.

“We’re really looking forward to the concert and especially the combined performance,” Broadbent said. “’Ode to Joy’ is just a perfect piece about brotherhood and unity throughout the planet and it’s just a wonderful way to help spread some holiday goodwill.”

The Instrumental Music Concert will be at 7 p.m. tonight at the Heckart Performing Arts Center at Smith-Cotton High School. The concert is free and open to the public.

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Sedalia Democrat

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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