EVSC High School Honors Band practices for first big show since pandemic

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) – Fine arts students at the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation are preparing for their high school honors concert on Tuesday, and organizers say it’s the first big show since the pandemic.

Organizers say this will be their first performance at the Victory Theater in downtown Evansville

Fine arts director Dwight Emmert said the stage would be set with 170 students.

“This is the first real big gig we’ve had in several years, and we were hoping to come out of COVID to have a big combo gig,” Emmert said.

Symphony, orchestra and choir will all perform together

“We’re here at Victory to culminate and celebrate having 170 kids all together again,” Emmert said.

Each group will perform separately and there will be three final numbers performed all together, led by EVSC Superintendent Dr. David Smith.

“Having a superintendent who’s so musical who’s able to do that, and he’s been here all last month, actually beginning of January, so the kids say every week what a treat that is,” Emmert said.

The directors say seeing all the kids in one place as the performance unfolds was really special.

“Walking on stage today and looking out, even though the audience was empty today, just to see their faces was awesome,” Emmert said. “Just the energy they brought, today was even emotional just playing.”

The show is scheduled for Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

The show is free and open to the public.

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