The LA Band, directed by Liz Matta, performs at the Bristol Consolidated School on

The LA Band, directed by Liz Matta, performs at the Bristol Consolidated School on January 19 2016.

Lincoln Academy bands went “on tour” last week, when the Wind Ensemble and Five O’clock Combo played concerts at the Bristol Consolidated and South Bristol schools on Tuesday, January 19.

In addition to themselves, their music and their instruments, the group had to bring music stands, timpani, and other assorted percussion equipment with them to the two schools. Each instrument section had additional assignments in order to make the transitions of loading and unloading of equipment as smooth as possible. “We managed the pick the coldest and windiest day of the year for this tour but we worked as a group and the entire experience went better than we hoped!”

The aim of the concerts is to both inspire young musicians to continue playing their instruments in high school, and also to give the Lincoln Academy musicians an additional opportunity to perform.

“Performing for the school audiences, which included little siblings of Wind Ensemble members as well as former teachers, is a really fun experience,” said band director Liz Matta. The Wind Ensemble will perform in the International Heritage Music Festival in New York City in April.  “The opportunity to travel as a group and perform for different audiences creates a bond among the group that you can hear in each performance. These experiences before the trip will make it that much easier to move as a group and perform at our best while in New York City.”  

In addition to playing their regular concert pieces, The Five O’clock Combo invited Bristol Consolidated School music teacher and professional guitarist, Wade Johnston, and South Bristol School music teacher and professional pianist to sit in on John Coltrane’s “Mr. PC.”  Liz Matta performed a duet on Tenor Saxophone with SBS 8th grader, Jarrett Gulden, and SBS students were invited to stand in among the Wind Ensemble while they played their last piece of the concert.

“We want to thank music teachers Wade Johnston and Jennifer McIvor; school principals, Jennifer Ribeiro and Scott White, and the staff and students at both school for allowing us to perform for them!” said Matta.

The Wind Ensemble and Five O’clock Combo will continue the tour in early February at Nobleboro Central School.  They hope to add other area schools to the tour as the school year continues. To book a show with Lincoln Academy musicians, contact Liz Matta at matta@lincolnacademy.org.