I was starting to go through the various Battles of the Bands and was wondering how I was going to outdo the ones I had already seen. I wanted to do a song with a winter theme, since today is the unofficial start of winter, and something that was more or less Christmasy, since we’re coming up on that magical holiday. The song I came up with was "Sleigh Ride," by the wonderful Leroy Anderson.
I wanted to put a different spin on this, so I chose two school bands to feature here…
Oconomowoc High School Wind Symphony, 2017
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin is west of Milwaukee. This features a young man named Drew playing the whip.
Longfellow Middle School Symphonic Band, 2015
I Ducked "Longfellow Middle School" and found six of them: Falls Church, Virginia; Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; LaCrosse, Wisconsin; Norman, Oklahoma; San Antonio, Texas; and Berkeley, California. I’m not sure which one it is…
Just a personal note: It does my heart good to see such talented young people.
Anyway, those are your choices. Here are your instructions:
- Listen to the two songs.
- Decide which song you like the best.
- Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
- Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:
I will count the votes and announce the winner Next Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 12 noon Eastern time, so be sure and have your votes to me by then
The lines are now open. Best of luck to Oconomowoc high School and Longfellow Middle School!