Conducting Cadwallader’s Band, in “What’s Cool at School”


Proudly presenting the 15th Annual Cadwallader Middle School Band Concert!  Three sets were performed by Beginning, Concert, and Symphonic bands before a packed house in the Cadwallader Gymnasium.

Accomplished student musicians displayed knowledge and proficiency on a wide variety of music, including “Infinity Concert March” by James Curnow, “Regimental Honor” from John Moss, “Highlights from La La Land,” the popular film, as well as hit songs you hear on the radio, such as “Feel It Still” from the band Portugal The Man.

Student musicians told me some of the reasons for why they truly love music. 

Kendall Baker, who plays Flute, said: “I like the styles, and how you can be a different person when you’re playing your instrument.”

Students also passed on the praise to classmates, their fellow musicians, and their teacher.

Jacob Grande, who plays Euphonium shared these kind words: “The beginning band was amazing. Their intonation was really good.” 

Director of Bands, Mr. Steve Kellerman, feels grateful for the opportunity to work with students so passionate about music, saying.

“It’s elation when you get a chance to work with all these kids,” Kellerman said. “It’s a blast working with them.”

These bands are familiar with success. Mr. Kellerman pointed out during the concert that, “This band is the 15th consecutive Symphonic Band at Cadwallader Middle School to receive a superior rating at a local festival!”

Beyond the traditional concert, this show included some invited guests. 
The reason, pointed out by Mr. Kellerman, “You have to make it enjoyable for the audience. You’re putting on a show. We live in Vegas. You have to make it enjoyable for the audience!”

To meet that goal, faculty got involved for some fun antics. What they lacked in musicality, they made up for with their costumed look and an abundance of enthusiasm and humor.

On the note of alternate casting, I was invited to act as a “Special Guest Conductor” for one song.

I was tasked with leading the symphonic band, (and I use the word lead lightly) in a rendition of the popular song, “Cake by the Ocean.” 

Although I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, the student musicians sounded incredible, as they did throughout the well-received concert!

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