Middle school’s CoRE band wraps up season’s performances
The 12 members of an elite Olive Peirce Middle School band will be wrapping up their fall schedule on Nov. 18 by practicing with an Orange County junior high band and visiting Disneyland.
The OPMS students form a performing group dubbed CoRE, an acronym for Community Outreach Ensemble. CoRE was formed in March under the direction of elementary and middle school band director Karl Lampe. The ensemble
was created to offer the 12 students the chance to play advanced music and perform.
CoRE’s busy schedule this fall included performing five concerts during the second week of October to promote the elementary school band program.
“It was almost like going on tour. The members really have to love performing to be willing to do it so often,” said Lampe. “Band for the majority of middle school kids is a lot about socializing. The kids in CoRE want that too, but they are crazy about getting up in front of an audience.”
The group’s schedule also included a Nov. 8 tour of San Diego State University and playing with the SDSU symphonic band.
The CoRE group is voluntary and draws its members from students who participate in the advanced band at OPMS. The students practiced during the summer and two nights during the school year, along with playing in the school’s jazz band.
The CoRE band instrumentation consists of four flutes, two soprano clarinets, one tenor saxophone, one trumpet, one trombone, one tuba, one bassoon and a drum set.
“In a typical school band,” said Lampe, “you have many players on each instrument and the stronger players usually support the players who are learning to produce a nice full sound. In this small group, each student has proven the ability to play solo with a nice full strong tone and sound.”
Lampe said the students have a strong voice in the music selection and in creating their sound.
“The majority of students have worked with me since fourth grade which means this is their fifth year working with me so they have a pretty good idea of exactly how any piece should sound,” said Lampe.
The selection of music this season included Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream. Lampe said at a Southern California school band and orchestra convention, a session dealt with redefining the school band program and highlighted the change in attitude of the current generation.
“If school band programs are not ready and willing to adjust to new attitudes and new technologies, they will see declining enrollment and interest from the students,” said Lampe.
When students suggest a new tune to play, Lampe says he will consider it and then determines if it is feasuble for the group to play.
The students praise Lampe for his patience and generosity.
Anyone interested in supporting the band programs in the elementary and middle schools through monetary contributions or donations of wind instruments, can contact Karl Lampe at 858-472-4185.
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