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Wind Ensemble set to play at graduation

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Much like any high school’s graduation ceremony, seniors will be in cap and gown as proud teachers and teary-eyed family members look on.  May 17’s graduation at the King Center will be no different, but also will feature a Wind Ensemble performance, which has become an annual tradition.

Band Director Carol Allen said that having a wind ensemble perform adds a nice touch to  graduation, but some high schools no longer include bands in the ceremony.

“I think it’s an integral part of the graduation ceremony,” Allen said. “We play Pomp and Circumstance and the Alma Mater and play as people come into the King Center.”

The songs played while the guests are arriving include pieces from John Williams, such as the “Jurassic Park” and the “Indiana Jones” themes. Freshman clarinetist Ellie Cooper said the songs will be entertaining for the audience.

“I think [the audience] will recognize the songs we play,” she said.

Senior Robert Edmiston said the graduating seniors, especially those in Wind Ensemble, will appreciate their band mates playing alongside them.

“I’ve been in Wind Ensemble for four years now,” Edmiston said. “I know a lot of the kids in there now, so it’ll be nice, but also a little sad seeing [the band].”

Cooper said seeing the band seniors graduate will be a special experience, especially since it’s her first time playing at graduation.

“It will be cool seeing the seniors graduate, even if I don’t know them,” Cooper said.

Edmiston said performing with the band at three graduations during high school was a great experience.

“[Playing at] graduation was enjoyable,” he said. “But of course there were parts that were kind of boring.”

Allen said that although she doesn’t generally like ceremonies, she relishes sending off the school’s small graduating class.

“I love [the graduation],” Allen said. “I think West Shore has a really special graduation ceremony. I’m not a person who enjoys ceremonies, but I love this one. I even didn’t go to my undergraduate graduation.”

By Katie Garwood

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Wind Ensemble set to play at graduation