Carson students showcased in annual Band-o-Rama |

Carson students showcased in annual Band-o-Rama

Teri Vance
Cathleen Allison/Nevada Appeal

Knowing they would be performing with middle and high school bands for Thursday evening’s annual Band-o-Rama, 11-year-old Jacob Cremeans was concerned the elementary school band might not stack up.

But after practicing with the other fifth-grade bands throughout the district that morning, the Fremont student realized he had nothing to worry about.

“This band is actually pretty good,” he said.

Band-o-Rama, in its 17th year, brings bands from all school levels together for one mighty performance.

Each grade level performs a few numbers then they all combine for a grand finale.

Every year, said music teacher Christina Bourne, the stands are packed.

“Music is something that allows everyone to be a part of it,” she said. “The community supports this. They know how much the students need music programs.”

But the performance only comes after much hard work in rehearsals.

Band director Alan Catron stopped them in the middle of playing “Needle in a Haystack.”

“Saxists, what note are you supposed to come in on?” Then warned them of the upcoming section. “These eighth-notes are easy: Te te te te ta,” he said. “This next part is going to drag.”

Director Mary Law paused “Paragon” to give them some advice.

“Clarinets, you did a good job of getting out of the way of the flutes,” she told them. “I could hear it, but it’s still a little wishy-washy.”

Mark Twain Elementary School’s Joey Lopresti, 11, was excited for the chance to show the community what he loves.

“I really like band music,” he said. “I think we’re going to sound great.”