Polo Park Middle School Hosts Successful Winter Concerts

Polo Park Middle School band teacher Kevin Graham on stage.

On Wednesday, Dec. 12 and Thursday, Dec. 13, Polo Park Middle School hosted its annual series of winter concerts. The Beginning Band and Advanced Jazz Band performed on Wednesday evening, followed by the Intermediate Band and Advanced Band on Thursday evening. More than 300 parents, family members, teachers and administrators attended the concerts.

Beginning Band selections included “Popcorn Prelude,” “Cardiff Castle” and “Beethoven’s Ninth.” The Intermediate Band performance included the “1812 Overture” and “Carol of the Bells, while the Advanced Band concluded with a medley of songs from The Lion King.

“The winter band concerts are one of my favorite events of the year,” Kevin Graham, Polo Park’s band teacher explained. “For our beginning classes, it is their very first concert, and it is so great to show the community how much they can learn in such a short time. It also lets our advanced groups showcase their musical skills with songs ranging from the opera Carmen to the rock band Queen. I always strive for excellence with my students, and this year’s winter concerts were no exception.”

Based on the audience response, both evening performances were a success.

Principal Michael Aronson thanked everyone for attending. “I was truly impressed with the performance of all the bands,” he said. “It always amazes me how talented a band teacher is, as they have to know how to teach kids to use each instrument.”