On Oct. 22, 2016, the Advanced Guitar Ensemble played at the Mesa Performing Arts Center for the Day of the Dead Festival. It was the ensembles first performance of the school year, and their next concert will be on Dec. 13 in the Red Mountain auditorium for their semester winter performance.
The ensemble played a small arrangement of Latin dance and other Spanish songs, including “Lambada” and “Bolero” written by Miroslav Loncar and the “Cachucha” arranged by Jack Moon.
“I practiced in and out of school often to master the pieces we played at the festival,” junior Joseph Beaton said. “This is my second year being a part of this ensemble and it is always fun playing at concerts where other people can listen to our development as a group.”
The new guitar instructor, Mr. Harris, really looked forward to the performance and seeing what the ensemble could do in front of a large audience. He hopes to have the Advanced Guitar Ensemble play at more events like this in the future.
“This is my first year teaching at Red Mountain. I was reached out to for the offer of playing for the Day of the Dead Festival,” Mr. Harris said. “After consulting with the class, we decided to take the offer and played a stunning performance, which we can hope will present more opportunities to play at other events.”
The guitar classes reach out into the community through Guitar Club, which meets after school every other Friday. The club is mostly composed of current and past ensemble members. Club President and senior Madison Estrada organizes all the pieces the club will play at events.
“We will be participating in all tailgates and parades,” Estrada said. “We’ll also be playing in the lobby of performing art concerts to get attendees in the mood for the art of music.”
The Advanced Guitar Ensemble was honored to play in the Day of the Dead Festival at the Mesa Arts Center on Oct. 22. For more information about guitar classes, Guitar Club and future performances, visit Mr. Harris in Room 410P. (Featured photo by Elijah McKay)