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Songs for Spring

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The Hampton Bays High School auditorium was packed for the annual year-end “High School Spring Concert” featuring the Symphonic Band, Chorus, Jazz Band and Jazz Choir.

The High School Symphonic Band, led by Instrumental Director Jennifer Halsey, kicked off the evening by playing four selections from Robert Smith’s “Don Quixote: Symphony No. 3.” Arrangements of “The Quest,” “Dulcinea,” “Sancho and the Windmills” and “The Illumination” were performed. Additionally, Hampton Bays alum Tommy Pandolfo returned to perform with the band and chorus on Wednesday.

After the band presentation, band member Ryan Holzman jammed out some terrific blues guitar as the chorus prepared to take the stage.

Next on the program was the High School Chorus, which performed a diverse program. Led by Choral Director Debra Liso, the students sang “Fa Una Canzona (Sing Me a Song,” “Old Joe Clark,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “One World.” Daniel Koontz provided piano accompaniment.

Rounding out the second half of the evening were the Jazz Band selections: “Children of Sanchez,” “The Girl from Ipanema” and “Land of Make Believe” and the Jazz Choir performances of: “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Slow Me Down,” “I Want You Back,” “C’mon Everybody” and “Baba Yetu.”

The soon-to-be-graduating seniors all received yellow friendship roses from Ms. Halsey and Ms. Liso.