Winter Concert: Afternoon of December 14

Junior Michael Perez-Lorenz during his performance Advanced Band for their concert on Saturday, December 14.

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Junior Michael Perez-Lorenz during his performance Advanced Band for their concert on Saturday, December 14.

Ethan Bunn, Journalist

University Prep’s Winter Concerts concluded this Saturday with the last two performances from Beginning and Advanced Band in the evening. Both groups put on great shows, easily winning over the audience in their short one hour concert. Beginning band easily played the pieces they prepared, not showing any sign of hesitation or nervousness. The same went for Advanced Band, each member playing their part to create the last show of the year. When asked how she felt about the performance, Junior Alessandra Quinonez said: “We did better than our rehearsal and we actually exceeded my expectations, so I’m really proud of group.”

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Senior Julieta Martinez and Junior Vivian Martinez  posing for a quick photo after their concert on Saturday, December 14.

The highlight of the night was the surprise awarded to Junior Zachary Martin and Senior Julieta Martinez. On Sunday, both musicians had solo performances in between Beginning and Advanced Band. Martin chose to play “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” on his trumpet, while Martinez played “Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel” on her violin. Both musicians have been invited to play in Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York. To help pay for the expenses, UP Music Boosters raised over seven hundred dollars for both of them, something they were both unaware of until Sunday when Mr. O’Rane, Mr. Lopez, Mr. Harps, and Mr. McGee presented them with the checks in a heartwarming display. 

Needless to say, University Prep’s Winter concerts all went smoothly with the direction of the School’s music teachers and the hard-work of each and every musician who played over the three days.