-Submitted by Samantha Gregoire, Crestwood Chronicle Journalist
The 6th Annual Northeast Ohio Wind Band Invitational was held January 25, 2009 at world renowned Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. Several high school wind ensembles and concert bands were given the opportunity to play at this monumental hall.
The Crestwood Wind Ensemble worked diligently, setting aside 6 hours a week practicing and learning the music, not to mention the countless hours put in at home.
The Wind Ensemble performed 7 pieces and was accompanied by the Concert Band during the first two opening songs. To open their portion of the concert, the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band played an ode to our country, “The Star Spangled Banner”, followed by a high flying piece, “In Flight”.
After the Concert Band left the stage, it was time for the Wind Ensemble to put their hard work into action. Performing their final five pieces, the Wind Ensemble took the audience on an emotional roller coaster. For “Ammerland”, Mrs. Ferguson, Director of Bands at Crestwood, stepped off her podium and let the Wind Ensemble connect with the audience in a way that they never have before. “Ammerland” was an emotionally stirring performance that brought tears to the audience.
Closing their performance, the band listened to the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II (CYWSII), and the Case Western Reserve Symphonic Winds Band. Both groups gave an excellent performance.
Around 6 p.m., Crestwood departed from Severance Hall for dinner and bonding at Hoggy’s in Valley View. Both the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble are continuing to work hard and strive for excellence, now focusing on Solo & Ensemble contests, which will be held here at Crestwood High School, and large group contest in the spring.