This was such a FUNtastic night of great music from an era of rock music that seems like it was yesterday-ay-ay-ay.
The Beatles beat me to a US premiere by seven months and their music has been a part of my life since we both arrived in 1964. Tonight was such a nice retreat, not back in time, but seeing how popular and powerful their music still is, especially with all the high school teenagers in the Kettering Fairmont High School Orchestras.
The Newbees, a vintage-modern rock band, led the way tonight, accompanied by the four orchestras and three conductors. The musical chemistry and camaraderie between The Newbees and teenage musicians was invigorating and so much fun. The audience was genuinely thrilled at the start and their joy and participation continued its escalation to the last downbeat and through the bows. The front lobby was electric-filled as guests exited Fairmont’s beautiful auditorium.
I love concerts where young musicians are brought alongside professional musicians. Last month, the lead Fairmont High School orchestra shared the stage with Dayton’s own, Jim McCutcheon, famously known as “The Guitar Man.” I believe this is essential in education: creating and providing incredible experiences for students. There are several suburban school programs from around The Miami Valley that are able to promote such experiences.
Thank you, KFHS Orchestra conductor Rich Wright, the associate conductors, the Fairmont High School orchestra musicians, and The Newbees for creating and sharing such an incredible night of music.