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PCS Band Fest set for Wed. night

BY CAROLINE EGGERS - ceggers@perutribune.com

The Peru High School Auditorium is coming alive with music this Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the Peru Community Schools Band Festival.

To start off the night, the PHS jazz ensemble will play the “Star Spangled Banner.”

The sixth-grade band will play “March Across the Sea,” “Procession,” and a fun, Latin number, “Fiesta Fantasy.”

They’ve been practicing all year long, said Peru sixth grade and PHS band director Diane Haley.  

Part of the goal when creating the festival 20 some years ago was to bring the younger kids together with the older kids. “It’s a motivational thing,” Haley said.

The younger kids are always really nervous, as the high schools bands give them something to look up to, she said.

The Peru Junior High School band, which is led by Ellen Terry, will play “Rifle Regiment,” “Pageant” and “Evil Ways.”

Based off the songs titles, Haley said it will surely be an interesting arrangement.

The PHS band will play “Midway March” and an overture of alternating tempos called “By the Rivers of Babylon,” which is pretty exciting to hear, Haley said.  

They will also play “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.” For this number, Ellen Terry will play the flute as the devil luring away a child, who will be played on the xylophone by PHS band assistant Jarrod Ellis.

“We always try to include something fun like that,” Haley said.

For the final songs of the evening, the bands will combine to play the energetic “Apollo Fanfare,” the lyrical “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” and the popular tune featured in Shrek, “I’m A Believer.”

There is no admission charge for the event.

“This is a very positive thing that is uplifting,” Haley said. “We would like the community to come support it.”