Concert at Cicely Tyson Community School
The Symphonic Winds is the principal wind
ensemble from St Peters Lutheran College of Brisbane, Australia. During December of 2011, they were on their third
international tour to the United States. The tour, under the
direction of Mr. Grant Mason, began in Washington, DC, and the
group stopped off at Cicely Tyson Community School in East
Orange, NJ before continuing on to New York, Boston, Niagara
Falls, Cleveland and Chicago. They had discovered our school from
this Web site and wanted to meet our marching band.
Their concert was titled
"Plus Ultra" (Latin for "ever higher"
indicating excellence from exceptional effort) which, besides
being the motto of their school, is also the name of the final
musical selection in their concert, which was written for them by
Graham Lloyd. You'll find it on their CD: Symphonic Winds
Plus Ultra, which can be purchased from their music department.
L-R: Mr. Stark, Mr. Grant Mason, Mr. Petty, Mr. Goode.
Mr. Troy Webster, representing Mayor Bowser, makes a presentation
to Mr. Grant Mason on behalf of the city of East Orange.
Our guests from Australia
requested to see our East Orange Unified Marching Band students
perform, so it was their turn to sit in the audience. They
mentioned that they want to form a marching band and extended an
invitation for members of our Marching Band to travel to
Australia next summer, if possible (our summer is their winter).
Our Band didn't have time to get
dressed in uniforms, but they did their best to perform for their
new Australian friends.