In terms of sheer numbers, the biggest musical event of the school year sounds off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Salthawk Activity Center.
The 31st Mass Bands Concert features about 600 USD 308 students in grades six through 12. There will be performances by elementary bands, a combined middle school band and the high school band before the actual mass bands performance, which brings together all the students.
As with the previous Mass Bands Concert, all students come together for the song, “A Mighty Fortress.” This year, Salthawk alumni have been invited to join in on the finale.
The district has held the Mass Bands Concert since 1988. The event is a chance for students to play with what may be the largest group they ever will in their lives. It also gives parents a chance to hear what their children are doing as well as what others are doing in the district. For younger students, the concert provides an opportunity to see what is in store for them in the future.