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Fitch Band to perform annual concert

March 6, 2019
The Town Crier

Continuing a tradition that began in the early 1970s, the Austintown Fitch Band Program hosted their annual concert at the Fitch High School Auditorium on March 6. Director Wesley O'Connor announced this year's concert theme is "Broadway at the Movies." O'Connor's three bands each perform songs within the theme of great music that began on Broadway and turned into Hollywood movies. The Austintown Fitch Instrumental Music program consists of the Freshman Band, the Concert Band and the Symphonic Band, and has one hundred and forty members.

Highlights from the Freshman Band performance included "Bright Lights on Broadway," a medley from "The Phantom of the Opera" and they closed their portion of the program with Meredith Wilson's rousing "Seventy Six Trombones" from "Music Man."

The Concert Band performed "Pinball Wizard," a selection from "Tommy" along with "Singin' in the Rain" and the recent hit "The Greatest Showman."

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Wesley O'Connor conducting the Fitch Symphonic Band at their Feb. 23 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

The Symphonic Band played Leonard Bernstein's masterpiece "West Side Story" along with selections from "Wicked" and highlights from Abba's "Mamma Mia."

Senior Drum Major, and trumpeter Nick Mattiussi performed his Senior solo of "Aria Con Variozoni."

The band concluded their program with the tradition "Annual Concert" closer of Samuel Augustus Ward's "America the Beautiful" featuring the Austintown Fitch Color Guard presenting the American flag.

The band is also seeking contributions as they prepare for an April trip to Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia, where they will perform in the 66th Annual Norfolk NATO Parade of Nations Parade on Saturday, April 27. The parade is one of the largest military parades in the United States. Following the parade the band members will be treated to an evening performance of the Virginia Military Tattoo, one of the three largest military tattoos in the world. A tattoo is a military performance of music that stems from the 17th Century Dutch phrase "Doe den tap toe" which means "turn off the tap. This was a signal sounded by drummers or trumpet players to instruct innkeepers near military garrisons to stop serving beer and have the soldiers return to their barracks. It has no relation to the Tahitian origin of ink tattoos.

More information about the Austintown Fitch Band can be found at their website

Contributions to defray the costs of the April trip can be mailed to Austintown Band Parents Club, Inc. at P.O. Box 4460 Austintown, Ohio 44515.

On a different note, Austintown Fitch Band member Matt Smutny was selected and recently performed with the Ohio Music Educators Association All State Band. Smutny auditioned and was one of four alto saxophone players in the State of Ohio selected for this honor. The All State Band performed on Feb. 1 in Cleveland under the direction of legendary conductor Paula Crider, Professor Emerita of the University of Texas Band. Smutny is a Junior at Austintown Fitch and is the son of Chrissy and Dale Smutny of Austintown.



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