Choir, band contribute to Triton’s fall concert

BOURBON — “Earthy” images dominated the fall concert last Tuesday night at the Triton Performing Arts Center. Peter J. Foster, director of bands and choirs, led his four performing units through an evening of varied music organized along the theme of “Earth Voices.”
First to perform was the middle school choir, which is a particularly adept group of 15 students this year, according to Foster. “Peaceful River,” “The Arrow and the Song,” “American Game Song Medley,” and “Rhythm of the Rain” comprised their repertoire. Audience members may remember and look forward to their participation in the high school choir in years to come.
Finishing the middle school portion of the concert was the performance by the band consisting of a rich variety of instruments: flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, French horn, trumpet, baritone, trombone, tuba, and a variety of percussion instruments. The band rendered in sequence “Antagonist,” “Air of Nobility,” “Ascension,” and “Arrival at Normandy.”
Older students assumed their formation on the stage as the high school choir also offered four pieces carrying out the theme. “Something in the Dark” was a favorite, as it used the voices to create the scary mood of Halloween. A humorous moment happened as Foster ended the segment after only three songs, forgetting about the closer, “Java Jazz.” After being prompted by the choir, he offered a mea culpa to the audience, which loves and respects the director, and directed the closing song.
In triumphant and impressive style, the concert closed, as usual, with the Spirit of Triton Marching Band, which marched into the auditorium to percussion and ringed the audience on three sides. The color guard, with its flags and rifles, occupied the stage and apron areas.
The band then presented only one piece — “From the Earth to the Moon” by Gilroy — which by itself took the remainder of the concert time. Led in formal and stilted style by senior drum major Jeff Martin, the performance was all the audience expected it to be and more.
Martin recently won an Outstanding Drum Major award at the Plymouth 15th Annual Harvest of Bands Festival.
Triton’s Performing Arts Department has its hands full as it prepares for a Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, to which the public is cordially invited. Admission is $1 for adults, to help cover expenses of the program.
In the same performing space, the Triton Elementary School Music Department will present its first- and second-grade music program on Nov. 12 and its fourth- and fifth-grade program on Dec. 10.