GLHS Hosts Guest Composer Randall Standridge

Posted: 5/21/2021 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

 

GLHS Hosts Guest Composer Randall Standridge

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools’ eighth grade and high school bands recently had a two-day experience with renowned composer and publisher Randall Standridge. Standridge is the district bands’ guest artist, an annual event to give band members exposure to professional musicians and artists. The guest artist program was canceled last school year due to COVID-19.

Standridge’s music is performed internationally, and he has received numerous awards and accolades for his work. His works have been widely published and featured at conferences and clinics, including his work Stonewall: 1969, which premiered at the National Lesbian and Gay Band Association conference in 2019. A resident of Arkansas, he has built a successful career as a full-time composer and publisher.

Standridge worked with the all-district eigth grade band and rehearsed with the GLHS Freshman, Blue and Gold bands, which all performed a piece he composed during an evening concert in the GLHS auditorium. He also met with the Music Theory class and gave the students insight into composition and publishing.

During the evening performance, the Gold Band played a piece composed by Standridge called “The Nine”. This selection is a tribute to the “Little Rock Nine”, a group of nine black students who enrolled at formerly all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in September 1957. Students were escorted by members of the Arkansas National Guard. It was the first test of the landmark US Supreme Court ruling, Brown vs. Board of Education, which declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional.

According to Standridge’s website, “This dramatic concert band work depicts a watershed moment in American History. Written in honor of the Little Rock Central Nine and the 60th anniversary of the integration of the Little Rock school system, this work showcases an original spiritual by the composer (“Show Me the Light”) that is set in conflict with opposing forces who march, shout, and jeer before the melody emerges again, triumphant. At turns tender, furious, contemplative, and triumphant, The Nine features a solo for vocalist (optionally cued for instruments) and is sure to be an audience and student favorite.”

The Gold Band concert was the final concert for GLHS seniors and featured a vocal solo by senior tuba player Michael Stewart.

GLHS Hosts Guest Composer Randall Standridge

Posted: 5/21/2021 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

 

GLHS Hosts Guest Composer Randall Standridge

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools’ eighth grade and high school bands recently had a two-day experience with renowned composer and publisher Randall Standridge. Standridge is the district bands’ guest artist, an annual event to give band members exposure to professional musicians and artists. The guest artist program was canceled last school year due to COVID-19.

Standridge’s music is performed internationally, and he has received numerous awards and accolades for his work. His works have been widely published and featured at conferences and clinics, including his work Stonewall: 1969, which premiered at the National Lesbian and Gay Band Association conference in 2019. A resident of Arkansas, he has built a successful career as a full-time composer and publisher.

Standridge worked with the all-district eigth grade band and rehearsed with the GLHS Freshman, Blue and Gold bands, which all performed a piece he composed during an evening concert in the GLHS auditorium. He also met with the Music Theory class and gave the students insight into composition and publishing.

During the evening performance, the Gold Band played a piece composed by Standridge called “The Nine”. This selection is a tribute to the “Little Rock Nine”, a group of nine black students who enrolled at formerly all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in September 1957. Students were escorted by members of the Arkansas National Guard. It was the first test of the landmark US Supreme Court ruling, Brown vs. Board of Education, which declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional.

According to Standridge’s website, “This dramatic concert band work depicts a watershed moment in American History. Written in honor of the Little Rock Central Nine and the 60th anniversary of the integration of the Little Rock school system, this work showcases an original spiritual by the composer (“Show Me the Light”) that is set in conflict with opposing forces who march, shout, and jeer before the melody emerges again, triumphant. At turns tender, furious, contemplative, and triumphant, The Nine features a solo for vocalist (optionally cued for instruments) and is sure to be an audience and student favorite.”

The Gold Band concert was the final concert for GLHS seniors and featured a vocal solo by senior tuba player Michael Stewart.

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