As many Wind Ensemble parents can attest, the students loved this piece, "Beyond the Horizon." So many hours of practice were put in and it was such a huge disappointment for all when they were not able to perform it for Spring Concert in 2020. As the new school year began, the students just couldn't get over their missed opportunity and kept talking about it amongst themselves. One day, April DeForest overheard her son talking to friends about how they wanted to get everyone back together and surprise Mr. Gold. The idea was born and April texted a few band moms to find out if there would be any interest in "getting the band back together again." The result was an overwhelming YES! Although a third of the 2019-2020 Wind Ensemble group had graduated and moved on to various schools, within a day or two later a separate high school group text was started. The response was again an overwhelming YES!
While there was plenty of interest, there were still plenty of hurdles along the way to making this a possibility. Mrs. Gold "stole" the music, Paul Lower opened up the FLA band practice room in the evenings and Jim Riesen led the rehearsals. Practices began after Spring Break and the group met 4 nights a week for three and a half weeks. Everyone was excited and dedicated, even the FLEC alumni! The surprise performance and slideshow was set to be at FLA's Schmidt Auditorium and Mrs. Gold had devised a plan to get Mr. Gold there, then had to quickly devise another plan when Mr. Gold cancelled the babysitter for the evening.
The night of the performance, 29 out of the original 34 students in the 2019-2020 Wind Ensemble showed up. Jim Riesen ceremoniously handed the baton to Mr. Gold so he could FINALLY conduct this group and perform the song they worked so hard on together.