Changing the day from Saturday to Thursday did not seem to hurt the Warren County High School band’s attendance at the 34th annual Pork ‘N Bands fundraiser.
“If anything, I believe attendance seemed like it was higher than normal. I do not have numbers yet as far as funds we raised, but there were a lot of people there,” said upcoming Band Booster president Vickie Mellons.
A standing-room-only crowd filled the auditorium to watch the WCHS Choir, Pioneerettes, Winter Guard, flute choir and beginning, intermediate and symphonic bands perform.
At one point in the program, held Thursday, May 8, WCHS band director Duane Farnham urged those in attendance to please slide to the middle of the aisles.
“I am very happy to see all of you here. But, I just know we are breaking all kinds of fire codes with so many people standing around,” Farnham said.
The event is a fundraiser for the WCHS Pioneer band which showcases the talents of students throughout the school system.
Prior to entering the auditorium, BBQ and all the fixings were served in the cafeteria. An array of children’s games were available in the lobby including ring toss and pick up ducks.
The Percussion Ensemble, directed by Shanna Wallace, and the Clarinet Choir, directed by Josh Clark, entertained guests in the cafeteria and lobby prior to the concert.
The WCHS Pioneerette dance team, under the direction of Chris Ledbetter, opened the show by performing variety of dances to songs including “Classic,” “Dark Horse,” and a remix of “Let it Go” and “Let Her Go.”
The song “Happy” set the stage for a “Soul Train” type dance line which showcased the moves of all the Pioneerettes and one surprise guest, Farnham. Farnham’s dance moves had the crowd howling with laughter.
The winter guard, directed by Lindsey Eldridge performed their award-winning routine, “Gravity.” The show encompassed a colorful flag routine as well as impressive rifle tosses.
The beginning band, composed of area fifth- and sixth-graders and the intermediate band made up of area seventh- and eighth-graders are directed by Josh Clark and Aleesha Hillis.
The beginning band played “First Light,” and “Bluesville” which they directed themselves.
Clark said, “It amazes me that in August these students don’t even know the names of these instruments. They have done great work.”
The intermediate band played “Cyclone,” “Royal Oak,” “Shipwrecked,” and “Appalachian Hoe Down.”
The WCHS symphonic band under the direction of Farnham played “Ride,” “Fate of the Gods,” and “Old Scottish Melody” which was dedicated to all seniors including Shanna Seiderer, a Winter Guard captain who passed away in November.
The symphonic band closed the night by playing “As All Heavens Were a Bell.” They were joined in the patriotic number by the WCHS Choir directed by Kennette Dixon and the First Baptist Church choir singing “My Country Tis of Thee.”
Drew Evans walked away a winner as his donation ticket was drawn for a 50” Symphonic flat screen TV. Melissa Fults won an HP laptop and Beverly Roberts won a Samsung tablet in the drawing.
“I believe this was one of our most well-attended Pork ‘N Bands. The time and date change made it a little harder on kids who had other activities such as practices or games they missed. But, I believe the time frame made it better for families,” said Farnham. “I am really proud of everyone, especially our high school group. They performed a superior concert. And, I want to thank First Baptist Church choir and our high school Choir for joining us.”