Students Show Skills At Band Jam 2013

Students of all skill levels — from Julia Randall Elementary School’s fifth-grade beginners, to Rim Country Middle School’s Advanced Band and drum line, to Payson High School’s graduating seniors in the Big Band Music Machine — took part in Band Jam 2013. The outdoor concert offered family and friends a chance to see the progression of skills demonstrated by Rim Country’s band students.

Students of all skill levels — from Julia Randall Elementary School’s fifth-grade beginners, to Rim Country Middle School’s Advanced Band and drum line, to Payson High School’s graduating seniors in the Big Band Music Machine — took part in Band Jam 2013. The outdoor concert offered family and friends a chance to see the progression of skills demonstrated by Rim Country’s band students. Photo by Michele Nelson. |

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Band Jam

Most tapped their toes, while others had trepidation etched on their brows, but all had smiles on their faces after the last note of each song died out.

The 16th annual Band Jam featured all Payson Unified School District students who play an instrument from fifth-grade newcomers to Payson High School (PHS) graduating seniors.

The outdoor concert offered parents, friends and family the chance to watch the progression of skill from beginning band to the semi-professional Big Band Music Machine.

More than 30 fifth-grade students from Julia Randall Elementary (JRE) plucked out songs on their instruments including “Oh Suzanna” and “Old MacDonald’s Farm.”

Because the JRE band does not have a percussion section yet, Rim Country Middle School (RCMS) Band Director Mike Buskirk jumped in to play the drums for the struggling elementary students who needed a back-up beat.

Between sets, the PHS guitar club strummed songs heard on the radio today.

The RCMS intermediate band played a clever song, “Crazy Clock,” that featured unique percussion uses.

As the RCMS Advanced Band set up, the Drum Line played a danceable rendition of “Spanish Eyes.”

Before the PHS band played, Buskirk joined up with three of his saxophone players to regale the crowd with a Dixieland song.

Because Band Jam is the last concert of the year, graduating seniors show off their conducting talent. Senior Emily Zenco conducted “Phantom of the Opera,” Michael Hower conducted, and Sierra McMartin picked the theme from “Star Wars.”

As the sun set and the evening chill set in, proud parents gathered up children and their instruments to take them home until next year.

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