Lehighton Area Middle School music department will be holding its 20th annual Spring instrumental concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9.

The jazz ensemble, under the direction of Thomas Weidner, will begin the program. The jazz ensemble will perform Jerry Nowak's "Swing Time". Seventh grader Erin McGinley and eighth grader Joshua Eckman will be featured on this selection. Next, the band will perform a tribute to the great Count Basie entitled, "Ballad for Bill Basie". Amanda Passiglia, a seventh grade piano player, will play the part of the Count. The jazz ensemble will conclude their portion of the program with the Latin Rock classic, "La Bamba". Piper DeMatte, a seventh grade alto saxophonist, will be featured on this selection.

The Fifth and Sixth Grade Band, under the direction of Weidner, will perform next. "Tempest", composed by Robert Smith, will be their first selection. Next, the band will perform the stately classic, "March Grandioso". Then, the concert band will perform the soothing African-American spiritual, "Peace Like A River". The Fifth and Sixth grade band will conclude their portion of the program with the classic 60s hit, "Surfin U.S.A.".

The Seventh and Eighth grade band, under the direction of Beth Perkins, will perform many exciting selections. The band will begin their portion of the program with an original entitled, "Blazon". Next, the band will perform a contemporary selection from Jim Mahaffey entitled, "Walking Tune". Then, the band will perform the "Sands of Egypt" and "Celtic Air and Dance No. 3" which are sure to stir memories of another age. "The Eighties", a medley of the most popular songs of the 1980s will feature the talents of Jordan Lichtenwalner, Erin McGinley, Morgan Steigerwalt, Grace Shanton, Patrick Lawler, Kira Kuehner, and Samantha Smalley. John Phillip Sousa's "El Capitan" will conclude the Seventh and Eighth grade band's performance.

Unfortunately, eighth grade band member Gavin Krum succumbed to cancer this past fall. Gavin was an enthusiast and avid collector of Transformers memorabilia. As a tribute to Gavin, the Seventh and Eighth grade band, along with many special guests, will perform music from the Transformers franchise as a grand finale that everyone is sure to remember.

The Lehighton AMVETS POST 106 will also present awards to the winners of a poster and essay contest that they annually sponsor. The concert is free and open to the public.