By RACHAEL LONG
Brentwood High School musicians will perform a concert at the Crockett Park amphitheater Saturday, May 4 to showcase their talent in a new way, and the Brentwood community is invited.
The concert, scheduled at the park from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature the school’s concert bands, a pop orchestra performing tunes from movies and Broadway shows, and will wrap up with the newly-formed Commercial Music Group. Along with the variety of music, the concert will also have food trucks, allowing the audience to enjoy snacks they would not normally be able to enjoy in a traditional setting.
Band Director Drew O’Keefe says the concert is an opportunity to showcase the music department in a way that’s “as entertaining to the audience as it is to the performers.”
“Our students have worked incredibly hard this year, and we wanted to create a fun environment for them to do what they love,” O’Keefe said Tuesday. “…Through this concert, we try to pick music that the students really enjoy playing so they end the year on a positive performance and remember the great time they had with their friends at the end of the school year.”
O’Keefe says one of the high points of the evening will be the chance to show off its new Commercial Music Group class, which performs music heard on the radio and in pop culture, such as Maroon 5, Metallica, Chicago and Michael Bublé. The audition-based course was created to expose students to musical possibilities in real-world professions.
“There aren’t too many schools in the country teaching this sort of thing,” O’Keefe said. “We really have a great administrative team for allowing us to give this class a try.”
O’Keefe says the value that being involved in music can play in a young person’s life goes beyond musical talent.
“We encourage our students to become involved so they can gain the joys of being a part of a team effort, help each other succeed, develop skills necessary to be successful after high school, and gain their best friends along the way,” O’Keefe said. “If we can also learn music skills and put on a great performance, that is a bonus.”
The event will go on rain or shine; in the event of the former, however, O’Keefe said the department will evaluate any inclement weather Saturday morning and make the call to move indoors, if need be.
If the event is moved indoors, it will begin at 6 p.m. at the Brentwood High School Performing Arts Center.