Second Baptist School band students wowed the crowd in their final concert of the 2020-2021 school year.
With only 18 rehearsal hours since their last performance, SBS band students produced yet another fabulous concert. Once again tackling difficult pieces of music with unique flair, this concert was focused primarily on music from the movies.
Junior Ryan Gamble, Arts Fellow for the 2021-2022 school year, opened the show with his own original piece of music. Ryan said, “Having the band play my music was exciting, especially the responses of the individual band members and the reaction of the crowd. Directing the band was a little stressful, but I'm glad that I had that experience and it is definitely something I will remember.” Seeing a student direct his own, self-composed musical arrangement showcased courageous leadership in action.
Especially for fans of the Avengers movies, this show was pure entertainment. With loud energy and enthusiasm, the band students, sixth grade through upper school, showed off their talent. In the Guardians of the Galaxy musical arrangement, there were elements of humor, from funny chanting to classic mash-ups including “Ain't No Mountain High Enough,” which had the audience clapping along.
As has become the norm, Director Kendel Hickenbottom played alongside his students while conducting the show. Throughout the performance, Mr. Hickenbottom gave passionate praise to his amazing students and the supportive faculty and staff of SBS. As he summarized this year of accomplishments, he said, “This year had its challenges, but you couldn’t have found a better place to have your students. The administration puts the students first and works tirelessly to give them the experiences they deserve.” He went on to say, “At Second Baptist School, we have a center. Everything is based on biblical standards with Christ as the center, and that’s the way things should be.” Lastly, he thanked the parents for sharing their amazing children, recognizing their commitment and support.
The finale of the show brought in four choir students under the direction of Rebekah Martin, as they collaborated in a passionate performance of “Joy,” by For King and Country, earning long-lasting applause. Ryan Gamble closed the show by thanking Mr. Hickenbottom for bringing joy this year to his students. As Ryan said, we are all looking forward to the future and what next school year will bring.