The 41st annual Pork and Bands was a toe-tapping success Saturday night.
The annual fundraiser drew a large crowd of people ready to enjoy live music and good food provided by High Roller BBQ. There were many different performances showcasing the talent and hard work of the Winter Guard, Pioneerettes, and various bands. Many local businesses donated baskets full of goodies, gift cards, and certificate for a silent auction to help support the Warren County Pioneer Band Program.
The day kicked off with a special performance by the Winter Guard in the gym. The crowd then traveled to the auditorium to watch the performances by the Warren County Beginning Band, WCHS Pioneers of Jazz, WCHS Pioneerettes, Warren County Concert Band, and the WCHS Symphonic Band. The WCHS Sax Quartet and Brass Quintet performed in the lobby and the cafeteria.
Pioneer Pride Band and WCHS music director Duane Farnham said the event turned out really well.
“Pork and Bands went fantastic. We had five great concerts and it was just a wonderful event overall,” he said.
The year-end music extravaganza was fun for both the viewers and the participants. Junior Nicole Maneiro said she really enjoyed performing as well as watching her fellow bandmates do so well.
“In the jazz performance, I am really proud of the freshman that are in it. The guy who had the solos, Kaleb Hayes-Smith, he is a freshman and he just started tenor too and he is very, very talented,” said Maneiro. “I really enjoyed playing with the jazz group because it is a higher chair place and the more advanced players are playing in jazz and it was definitely such a nice experience playing with all of them. It is more like having fun playing music rather than learning it.”
This event was also a time to recognize seniors and their contributions to the program over the years. Farnham’s favorite part of Pork and Bands was when the seniors were recognized.
“My favorite was when we played our songs for seniors and just kind of commemorated all they have done,” said Farnham.
In the end, Pork and Bands raised money for the band programs and was a fun way to end the school year and showcase the students’ talents.