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A good tune on a cool night; Berrendo Middle School band shows talent that goes beyond the student’s age

The audience at Berrendo Middle School enjoyed on Thursday evening a concert that rivaled those of professional bands. These students of Berrendo Middle School have mastered one of the most difficult instruments, the French Horn. Most children in middle school lack fully developed ears at that age to fully hear the subtle nuances of this instrument. Also, it is rare to see a full set of tubas in schools anywhere. (Christina Stock Photo)

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Thursday evening, friends, families and the public were invited for the first united band performance of the seventh- and eighth-graders of the Berrendo Middle School, under guidance of their music teacher, Whitney Bain.

When you think about a performance of middle school students, you might think of beginner classes in music and concerts that are a little rough around the edges, which only a mother can really appreciate.

Not so with this performance of the Berrendo Middle School Band. The children’s performance Thursday evening could compete with professional bands.

The concert included different sets of music that embraced the season. “There is a little bit of zombies, some monsters, and we have a very exciting opener called, “Above And Beyond,” Bain said. “It is about the anticipation of the first note in a concert. The composer is James Swearingen.”

Bain said to the parents on the packed bleachers that she considers their commitment and the commitment of the young students to the quality of music and proficiency of the band.

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Before the concert started, Bain said in an interview, “We have 62 students performing tonight. We started preparing about one month and a half ago.” The students have been playing up to two years with Bain as teacher.

Bain had joined Berrendo Middle School six years ago when she moved to Roswell from Hale Center, Texas.

Twenty-eight of her students had the chance to participate in the Jazz Fest. “They played at Reischman Park at 9 in the morning,” Bain said. “Bless their hearts for going out there. They played a 30-minute set. It was very cool. We had a great audience out there.”

Asked if the band would continue to perform for the public, Bain said, “It would be awesome. I haven’t even thought about it.

“Our jazz band will be doing our tour coming up to the elementary schools and then we have a band concert for my 40 beginners on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. It will be in our small gym because we have a basketball game that night,” Bain said.

The next concert, which will be open for the public and free of charge, will be on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

“For the upcoming HeART of Winter” art show, I’ll have solos as background music,” Bain said.

Details about the Berrendo Middle School art show will be featured in the Nov. 16 edition of the Vision Magazine.

Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.

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