Markella Paradissis-Wagner – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The Prism Concert lit up LRHS’ auditorium at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.

Both concert bands, the symphonic band and the symphonic winds took the stage, performing holiday classics like “O Holy Night” and “JOY/A Rockin’ Christmas Medley.”

The performances were non-stop, with one group starting to perform when another one ended, taking place throughout the auditorium. During the evening, the marching band sections popped up with skits they wrote, practiced, and then performed.

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T.J. Patten (in costume) clowns with Sydney Strimer

For example, the mellophone’s humorous skit was “Jurassic Park.” They played the theme song as band members explored the “park.” Eventually, raptors chased two musicians, trumpetist and sophomore Jack Wilkinson and drum major, flutist, and senior Sydney Strimer, around the stage. The musicians were then saved by a T-Rex, played by percussionist T.J. Patten.

The trumpets performed “Mission Impossible,” pulling off the daring feat of stealing a trumpet onstage, which was followed by what has come to be a trumpet tradition, a humorous fight scene.

Senior trumpet player and brass captain Anthony Pistella said, “We all rehearsed and worked hard. I thought our skit was more successful than expected and everything that we worked on went smoothly. It was a great last prism concert.”

Additionally, both jazz bands performed, engaging the entire audience with the tunes “Rice and Beans” from Jazz Band 2 and “Big Noise From Winnetka” from Jazz Band 1.

The color guard also showed off its skills with two performances. The first group performed a classic Broadway style dance interpretation of “In Summer” from the hit Disney Movie, “Frozen.” The second group incorporated flags, sabers, and rifles.

The percussion section’s performance of the Bangles’ “Walk Like An Egyptian” had everyone moving to the beat.

To close the concert, the Marching Mustangs entered the auditorium in full uniform, playing the classic song “The Horse.”

As an official end to the marching season, the Mustangs performed their show “REDEMPTION” one final time. The music is based off the wind ensemble piece “The Divine Comedy” by Robert W. Smith and the visuals were influenced by the video game art of Tal Peleg.

The night was not only a musical success, but also a financial one. The concert is a large fundraiser for the band, as all of the baskets were sold in the Silent Auction.

The annual Prism Concert gives all facets of the LRHS Band Program a chance to shine and young musicians the opportunity to keep doing what they love.

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