The BESD bands filled the air with music, performing several songs over the course of an hour ranging from classical arrangements to more modern ones such as â€œViva la Vidaâ€ and â€œCrazy Train.â€
Both intermediate and advanced bands from all five schools in the district performed at the concert.
Claudia Gutierrez was a beginning band student who said she now feels she can keep going with the class next year. â€œAt first we were bad, because we were just learning, but then we got good,â€ said Gutierrez. “I like the music we would play.”
On the other side of the spectrum, eighthÂ graders were finishing the final and bittersweet concert of their elementary school careers.
â€œYou get to learn different music with band,â€ said Kyma Pope. â€œIâ€™m gonna miss this place.â€
â€œWe had a lot of fun,” said Lakisha Fabela. “Mr. Anderson made it fun and joked around with us.â€
â€œNone of this would have been possible without the support of parents, the teachers, and the school site administrators,â€ said Band Director Daniel Anderson.
Since Anderson first began in Brawley, the district band program has grown. Not only is there a traditional band program, but a full orchestra that was started last year. A chorus program has also made a return to the district with two groups for the lower elementary grades and junior high groups.