ALL TOGETHER NOW — Members of the various bands from throughout the Rome City School Districts gather to perform together in this file photo from the 2016 All City Band concert. Students from all levels will perform tonight at Rome Free Academy, starting at 7 p.m. (Sentinel file photo)

Students from across district set to perform in ‘All City Band’ concert tonight at RFA

Published Mar 7, 2018 at 3:55pm

An “All City Band” concert will be presented by bands from the Rome school district’s seven elementary schools, Strough Middle School and Rome Free Academy at 7 p.m. today in the RFA auditorium.

The event is free. Any donations will go to support the Rome band program, the district said.

The audience will hear a progression of band students from sixth grade through high school seniors.

Each elementary school this year has its own chorus, band and orchestra, the district noted; the elementary facilities returned to grade K-6 alignments for the current school year, after six were K-4 sites and the other hosted grades 5-6 for the previous 12 years.

Among performances:

• Students from each of the elementary bands will come together to open the concert as a single, united ensemble, the district said. The combined 6th grade band will be playing “Ceremonial March” by Brian Balmages and “Boot Scootin’ Barn Dance” by Ron Cowherd.

• The Strough Prep Band will play “Sorry” by Justin Bieber and “Blaze!” by Rob Romeyn. The Strough Concert Band will play “Colonel Bogey March” by Kenneth Alford, and “HandClap” arranged by Paul Murtha.

• The RFA bands will each present a piece composed by Buffalo native Rossano Galante; the Concert Band will perform “Whispers from Beyond” and the Wind Ensemble will play “Transcendent Journey.”

The concert’s finale will feature “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” performed by all of the combined bands totaling over 300 students. RFA bands director Jake Meiss said “‘The Stars and Stripes’ has become our traditional closer, and I think it’s fitting – it’s one of the classics of band literature and our official national march.”

The elementary bands are under the direction of Robert Verminski, Aaron Decker, and Erica McMyler, while the Strough bands are under the direction of Anne Gannon.