BHS Band Director James McMillan got to fulfill a dream of his when he collaborated with AK2 Productions to bring a full light show to this year's Band of the Braves Spring Concert.
To accommodate the towering strobes and spotlights, the band performed an astonishing 13 pieces of music rather than its typical five or six. The show's first half was all music from DC classics such as John William's famous score from Richard Donner's 1978 Superman and Hans Zimmer's more recent score for the Christopher Nolan directed Batman films. After intermission, the Band of the Braves tackled the might of the Marvel Universe with scores from The Avengers, Black Panther, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
"We just kind of wanted to end the year with a bang," said McMillan.
This year's Spring Concert was also special because it was the first full-band concert since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Last year, probably 80% of the band was at home, and we were literally delivering instruments to students to make sure they had instruments at their house," McMillan said.
This year, they were finally able to attend their Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE) where they received superior ratings. They were also able to have a normal marching season. So, when McMillan heard that his friend, Alan Kirklin of AK2 Productions, was going to move to California over the summer, he knew that this had to be the moment. "For us, this is the ultimate exclamation point at the end of our year," he said.
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