The “San Dieguito Academy Spring Concert & Awards Night” on Wednesday, May 24, featuring SDA’s Wind Ensemble I and II and introducing the incoming 9th-grade band students, was a huge success. Held in the gym to accommodate all of our music family members and friends in attendance, the concert was themed “Animation” and did not disappoint on any level.
Perhaps the biggest highlight of the evening, which garnered a long standing ovation from the crowd, was Wind Ensemble I’s amazing performance of Gershwin’s famous “Rhapsody in Blue,” featuring band student Joseph Yu on piano. This performance, as part of the entire evening of fabulous music, demonstrated how high the bar can be raised when band director Jeremy Wuertz pushes his students to do their best. Video below.
Also contributing to the very special evening were the awards presented to deserving students, including “Most Improved Musician” for jazz band, Wind Ensemble II and Wind Ensemble 1; “Outstanding Musician” for both Wind Ensembles; the “Director’s Special Recognition Award”; the “Esprit de Corps Award’; “Most Dedicated Musician”; the “Quincy Jones Musicianship Award”; the “Director’s Award for Band”; the “Louis Armstrong Jazz Award”; and the “John Philip Sousa Band Award.” Also recognized were the music program’s seven artists-in-residence, and music honor cords were presented to graduating senior students who had completed six, seven and eight semesters of band.
Another highlight of the evening was the senior slideshow, featuring old and new photos of graduating senior band students, which was created by two band students.
The final moment of the evening, which gave the audience a taste of next year’s band, was a performance of songs from Elton John’s “The Lion King,” featuring both wind ensembles and the incoming 9th-grade band students.
The spectacular evening was capped off with cake and refreshments for all. Many thanks to Mr. Wuertz, the Music Council, the parents and the performers for an unforgettable night.