RPA music students to release Winter Showcase Feb. 4

Hunter Boyer (9th), Liam Windhamsmith (11th), Mars Halsey (12th), Emma Craigmile (12th), Andrew Rosetti (12th), Casey James (12th), Parker Garcia (10th), Brooke Everest (12th).  ––Photo by Evelyne Anderson, senior at RPA––

After a nearly two-year hiatus of musical ensemble classes at RPA, students are collaborating and making music together once again and are excited to release a Winter Showcase of music on Friday, Feb. 4, Music Director Jonathan Moore said.  

The project was recorded and filmed during a marathon six-hour session with the help of Central Oregon Sound and Security and Morse Coding.

“Before the showcase this winter I had never actually written a song, much less write one with a band and perform it on stage,” said senior Casey James. “I never thought I’d be able to be in an actual band and hold my own. I am so grateful to Mr. Moore and my classmates for giving me a shot and letting me rock it with them on the stage. This experience has been a total life changer for me, because of this I now know that music is something I want to do after graduation.”

Made up of five music ensembles from grades 9-12, Herd of Funk, 9am and 12pm Rock Bands, Music Lab and RPA Vocal Ensemble, the music is a mix of original compositions, traditional music and popular selections.

“It was a very enriching experience and I loved being able to be on stage with my fellow bandmates, even if we didn’t have an audience,” shared junior Vanya Crumrine. “There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with smoothly performing a song that you and your band has learned, even while in rehearsal. For me, it’s a very happy place, and I’m sure my bandmates agree.”

On Friday, Feb. 4, the Winter Showcase will be available here: RPA Winter Showcase.



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