October 20th, 2020

Chinook bands joining forces for ‘Chinook Night at the Pops’

By Bobinec, Greg on October 31, 2019.

Chinook Concert Band is joined by the Rock and Pop ensemble as they play a rendition of Coldplays ÒFix YouÓ during a media call ahead of musical variety show ÒChinook Night at the Pops,Ó set for next month at the Chinook Media Centre. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald


Chinook High School Rock and Pop, along with the Concert Band and Chinook Jazz Band, are gearing up to present a musical variety show called “Chinook Night at the Pops.”

The collaborative show brings audiences a variety of popular movie classic songs and combines a lot of the music groups. Throughout the show, funny, unique and upbeat skits fill the evening between music sets.

“Basically it’s the idea of a famous city orchestra like in New York or Calgary, teams up with a popular musician, so we have all sorts of music from the concert band, music from Chinook Rock Pop and about six or seven charts that they play together,” says director Scott Davidson. “I have done a lot of new movie music such as music from the movie ‘Yesterday,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘Rocket man,’ with the idea that they are new movies but they are also classic songs that haven’t left people and they are just timeless.”

With more than 110 students participating in the event, people will be able to hear the joint groups play tunes from classic movies such as “Indiana Jones,” “Star Wars” and others. For Grade 11 student Dean Smith, who is in the Rock and Pop group, being able to join his classmates on stage and perform is a dream come true.

“It is really fun performing everything, especially with the whole band and everything. It is really awesome to see everyone putting in so much work into something bigger than us,” says Smith. “I am excited for opening week for how many people I can perform in front of because I don’t get nervous, I get excited for performing because that’s what I like to do.”

Students have been preparing for the show several times a week during class time and after school, and Davidson hopes the students feel a sense of collaborative accomplishment from the hard work they put into bringing it all together.

“I am hoping that the students walked away from this show feeling accomplished,” says Davidson. “To me this is a learning process to tackle some of this stuff, work together and collaborate, and my belief is that it would be very good if they leave feeling like a stronger team than before they began.”

“Chinook Night at the Pops” will be running from Nov. 18-20, with a variety of show times throughout the days. Tickets are on sale through School Cash Online, or at the door, for $8 per person.

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