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School District Bands Play To Packed House
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Riverbank High’s Guard and Flag Team perform on the gym floor between band set ups, starting off the school district's Night of Fine Arts Concert on Thursday, May 16.
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Trumpets played by students from the beginning band of Mesa Verde Elementary School add to the overall performance on the Night of Fine Arts Concert program on Thursday, May 16.

Musicians from schools included in the Riverbank Unified School District played to a packed house this past week, essentially finishing out their school year with a Night of Fine Arts Concert that also included displays by RHS student artists.

While the bands filled up the floor at the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium on the RHS campus, parents, teachers, family members and friends packed two sides of the bleachers to watch and listen to them play.

The Riverbank High Guard and Flag class opened up the event, performing one of their routines on the tarp covered floor between bands that filled up the gym.

Next up was the California Avenue Elementary Band, directed by Jeremy Clifton. They played a program of familiar tunes ranging from Mozart to English and American folk tunes.

They were followed by the Mesa Verde Elementary Band, also directed by Clifton, which performed his arrangement of “Grandfather’s Clock.” This was Clifton’s first year teaching in the district.

The Cardozo Middle School Band was up next, under the baton of David Howard. They played five pieces, including a fanfare, a march and a couple of humorous tunes.

The Riverbank High Beginner Band then took center stage, led by Joey Aguilar, playing the theme from the movie “Jurassic Park” and a fanfare on Ode to Joy, by Beethoven.

Then it was the High School Concert Band, with “Farandale” by Bizet, and an “Allegro Francaise (French)” that featured a trombone solo by senior Jenise Perryman.

Following that, the band played “Bohemian Rhapsody” by the rock band Queen and finished with music from the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Ending the concert was a mass band performance that included a cast of four theatre performers with dialogue between the renditions of fairy tales.