Lehighton Area Middle School Music Department recently presented its 18th annual spring instrumental concert to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters of the music program.

Under the direction of Thomas Weidner, the fifth and sixth grade band opened the evening's concert with Robert Smith's "Valiance." This was followed by the soothing hymn "Be Still My Soul" – also penned by Smith. The fifth and sixth grade band concluded their portion of the program with Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now" – the iconic theme from the "Rocky" movies.

Also under the direction of Weidner, the jazz ensemble opened their portion of the concert with the cool jazz classic "Killer Joe." This selection featured eighth grade students Susan Cook on alto saxophone and Kelly Schneck on trumpet. Next, the musical talent of Megan Nanovic on alto saxophone was showcased on Kenny G's hit "Forever in Love."

The jazz ensemble concluded their portion of the program with The Kingsmen1955 rock anthem "Louie, Louie." Eighth grade trombonist Jacob Bailey was featured on this selection. Weidner then presented the eighth grade musicians with jazz CDs as a token of his appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

During intermission, Commander Robert Rehnert from Lehighton AMVETS – Elwood Miller Post 106 – presented awards to the winners of the annual Americanism poster and essay contests.

Under the direction of Beth Perkins, the seventh and eighth grade band opened their portion of the program with "Life is Butter Dream" – featuring the trombone quartet of Bailey, Luke Fisher, Brock Heckman, and Weidner. This was followed by Franz von Suppe's classic "Poet and Peasant Overture."

Next, the band performed a contemporary selection from W. Francis McBeth entitled "Canto." The musical talents of Bailey, Fisher, and Heckman were again showcased in Sharp's spirited take on the classic Dixieland jazz tune "Tiger Rag." The seventh and eighth grade band concluded the evening's concert with a toe-tapper called "Siegfried's Super Sensational Circus March."

Weidner and Perkins thanked the students, parents, administration, faculty, custodians, and LAMS stage crew for their assistance, cooperation, and support throughout the school year. All proceeds from the admission to the concert are being donated to the Dylan C. Krum Award Fund.

LAMS will host Summer Band for all students in grades five through eight from Monday, June 11 through Friday, July 6. More information on this program will be available by the end of the school year. Visit www.Lehighton.org [1] http://www.lehighton.org/ [2] .