Upcoming PHS Senior Recognition Band Concert

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For many Palatine High School senior band members, the final concert is not only an exciting event, but also a bittersweet reminder that their time as high school students is coming to an end. This year’s concert, which takes place on May 9 – 7:30 p.m. in the Altergott Auditorium at PHS, is titled “To Heal a Nation¬—Senior Recognition Band Concert,” and features narrator Orion Samuelson, long-time WGN-Radio host.

The Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Percussion Ensembles will perform at the concert. During the evening, 38 PHS senior band musicians who have devoted four years of their time and talent to PHS will be honored.

PHS Band Concert“It’s like a mini graduation ceremony along with the concert,” said Raeleen Horn, director of Bands and Music Department chair. “It can be very emotional and nostalgic.”

Horn said audiences can expect a concert that is patriotic in nature as a kick-off to their tour to Southern California, where the Symphonic Band will perform an hour long concert at the Symphonic Band Southern California Tour Memorial Day Performance at The Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace in the Magnificent East Room on May 28 at 11:00 a.m., with special guest Edward Nixon as the narrator.

That Memorial Day event will be narrated by Nixon’s brother Edward, as he recites The Gettysburg Address as it is woven into a symphonic setting of music. This is the same piece that Samuelson will narrate with the band on the May 9 concert.

“Orion worked with me back in 2007,” Horn said. “He has a great voice and will be perfect for this number, which is called ‘To Heal a Nation.’ It’s quite an honor for us.”

Horn said this concert is always an exciting event to attend for many reasons. In addition to honoring graduating seniors, new drum majors will be announced, as well as special awards such as Outstanding Band Senior of the Year Award, Sempre Fidelis Marine Award, and the Behind the Scenes Award.

“It will be a great night,” Horn said.

Concert Admission is $2, and free for PHS staff and retirees. The concert performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Altergott Auditorium (1111 N. Rohlwing Road in Palatine).  To see more information on the event, please visit the events calendar here.