Student musicians in the Franklin High School Flute Ensemble and Trombone Ensemble performed at the Chamber Music National Festival, part of the Music For All National Festival held in Indianapolis from March 14-16.
Both of Franklin’s groups joined the ranks of the nation’s most elite scholastic bands, orchestras, percussion ensembles, chamber music ensembles, and jazz bands in performance during the festival. To receive an invitation to perform at the National Festival, each musical group submitted an audition recording that went through a rigorous adjudication process by a panel of judges. Franklin’s Flute Ensemble and Trombone Ensemble were 2 of only 15 ensembles chosen to perform at the Chamber Music National Festival.
Members of the Franklin High School Flute Ensemble are (pictured left to right): Caitlin Townsend, Jessi Williams, Soumitra Pillay, Kate Sanborn, Jamie Smith, and Henrique Yonemoto.
The flute program included Dawn Carol by Margaret Lowe; Council on Illumination by Randall Woolf; A Gaelic Offering by Catherine McMichael, including Movement I: Rose Cottage and Movement II: The Doubtful Wife; Londonderry Air, arranged by Ricky Lombardo; and Railroaded by Nicole Chamberlain. The flutes performed Dawn Carol, scattered among the audience members, in pitch black darkness. Greg Bimm, Director of Bands at Marian Catholic High School and one of the most renowned band directors in the U.S., commented that the performance brought him to tears.
Members of the Franklin High School Trombone Ensemble are (pictured left to right): Colin Sylvester, Karson Lewis, Josh Fritz, Christian Darr, Ian Robbins, Nick Hoffman, Clay Bibby, and Patrick Lama.
The trombone program included A Call for Courage – Fanfare for Trombone Choir by Benjamin Dean Taylor; Scarborough Fair by Bill Reichenbach; Geminids by Alex Ring Gray; Song for Japan by Steven Verhelst; and Agnus Dei by Josef Rheinberger. The ensemble’s performance of Geminids enthralled the audience as the horns’ tones were distorted electronically through the microphones, live in performance.
Jacob Campos, Franklin’s director of chamber ensembles, added, “I can’t feel anything but immensely blessed to watch my students perform amongst the best and broaden their perspective on their work.”
Photo credit: Jacob Campos