Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends packed into the Butterfield-Odin gym to take in the sounds of the Butterfield-Odin band and choir on Tuesday night.
Under the direction of Joshua Tonkin, Director of Bands, the junior high band kicked things off with “Suo Gan”, a Welsh lullaby. The band also played El Nino, which provided a quicker pace than the Welsh lullaby.
The senior high band took the stage next, and their lineup included “Baby Elephant Walk” and “A Song of Hope”. The latter was composed by Jack Stamp.
Stamp wrote the song shortly after the shooting Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
The band closed off their portion of the concert with their rendition of “Mambo No. 5”.
The concert choir sang a handful of songs from Disney movies and from classic Broadway shows. The junior high school choir led off with “God Help the Outcasts” from the popular 1996 Disney movie, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Kainyana Xayaphonesongkham and Diana Rodriguez provided solos in the song.
The choir continued with the classics, performing the all-time “Singin’ In the Rain”, made famous by Gene Kelly. The junior high band concluded their performance with “Un Poco Loco”, from the immensely popular Disney movie Coco.
The senior high band took to the risers next, and continued the trend of Disney songs put on by Sean Benz, Director of Choirs. The choir led with “The Greatest Show”, which is lead the piece to The Greatest Showman.
That piece was followed up by an adaption of “Evermore”, from the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. Ben Rodriguez, Michael Nett and Devon Aguilar provided solos at the beginning of the song.
The choir went back to Broadway to close out their segment, singing “Phantom of the Opera”, with Kaliana Xayaphonesongkham providing feature vocals.
The concert ended with the junior high choir joining the senior high choir for a performance of “Seasons of Love”. Michael Nett came out from the stage to play bass guitar, and Kaliana Xayaphonesongham provided feature vocals.
During the show, Mr. Tonkin announced that the band was proud to announce they had raised funds for new chairs for the band, and are continuing to raise funds by selling puff pastries.
The school will have two more performances in December. The K-4 holiday concert will be on December 11th at 7:00 p.m., and the 5-12 concert hits the stage on December 17th at 7:00.