The annual Lincoln Festival gathers seven different school bands from the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires. It took place from the 16th to the 18th of May; performing for public, Saturday and Sunday nights. Together with St. Hilda’s orchestra, St. Luke’s Senior band, St. Gregory’s Senior band, Lincoln High School band and -the newly incorporated- St. Catherine Moorlands Senior band and Brick Towers band, we execute six combined pieces (that is to say over 250 musicians performing at the same time) as well as an individual piece and another one of a higher complexity and skill. The most popular songs between the combined pieces were “Fly me to the moon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
Matías Villamil, our band director, lead us during our individual performance of “Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla. It is the first time that his arrangement was heard by an argentine public since January (before leaving for the European Tour). It’s exhilarating to bring such a song that represents the very own core of our modern culture into a festival that roughly represents the world-wide musical culture. “Merceditas” (a chacarera, performed by all schools in the Symphonic Combined Band) by Ramon Sixto Ríos, gave the Lincoln High School band an opportunity to explore the traditions of our country. It could be said that it is a culturally educational event for all of us.
There is one more characteristic of this event that makes it unique: a Selected Symphonic Band. From all seven school bands, musicians are selected to perform this more challenging song. This year’s song “Selections from Evita”, comprised a delicate balance between symphonic and band instruments (such as flutes, clarinets and bassoons and electric guitar, bass and drums, respectively); reflecting Andrew Lloyd Webber’s own nature of composition. We were lead by maestro Edgar Ferrer through a medley combining “Don’t cry for me Argentina”, “High Flying Adored” and “Buenos Aires”, and other renowned songs from the musical.
The music department has a particular way of saying goodbye to us in our last year at school. Though it concludes with the annual Choir and Band Festival in October, for the Concert Band it starts with the Lincoln Festival. Saturday’s Performance includes the handing out of medals to us who participated the last 3 years in the festival. Matías had the honour to say goodbye to the 19 students who participated –for the first time- six years in the festival. This year’s senior class started back in 2003 the still performing Intermediate Band- back in the day, Matías’ first band. It will be an event to remember for many years to come, in the hope of leaving a legacy behind us.
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