The Tamaqua. High School Music Department will present its annual "Spring Band and Chorus Program" on Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tamaqua Area Auditorium.

The concert will feature the best in instrumental and vocal selections presented by students in the Concert Choir, Jazz Chorale, Sr. High Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and the 'Raider' Concert Band.

The Wind Ensemble will open the program with "The Star-Spangled Banner", and "By Loch and Mountain" by Robert W. Smith. The program continues with "Escape from the Burmudia Triangle", a premier of a composition by Drew Bonner, a senior member of the "Raider" Band.

The Jazz Chorale opens the vocal portion of the concert with "Blue Skies" arranged by Steve Zegree. The women of the chorale will sing the 80's pop ballad "Open Arms" by the band Journey.

The men will then sing the classic pop song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens. Erin Raymond and Emily Zancofsky, two accompanists for the chorale, will play piano solos, "The Flight of the Bumblebee" by Rimsky -Korsakov and "Ballade" by Friedrich Burgmuller.

The 'Raider' Jazz Band opens the second half of the program with "In the Mood" arranged by Michael Sweeney, "Groovin' Down Cool Street" by Robert W. Smith, "Bubbert's Groove" by Mike Steinel, and "Watermelon Man" arranged by Mike Kamuf.

Dan Clemson, Drew Bonner, Julian Gerace, and Mike Kabana will entertain the audience with a traditional barbershop quartet version of "Mary Lou".

The Concert Choir will sing "A Tribute to Queen", a short medley of songs from the iconic rock band Queen.

The program concludes with the "Raider" Band playing "God of Our Fathers" by Claude T. Smith.

Accompanists for the choirs are Julian Gerace, Erin Raymond, and Emily Zancofsky.

The 'Raider' Band, Jazz Band, Sr. High Wind Ensemble are under the direction of John Potlunas. The Concert Choir and Jazz Chorale are under the direction of John Buglio.

Doors to the auditorium will open at 6:45 p.m. There will be an admission charge of $3 for adults and $2 for students.