Band ends season with first in-person concert

Nicholas Volpe, Staff writer

The band’s final concert for the year comes to a close!

On Wednesday, May 19, the band had its annual spring concert, and,  because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the band’s only live performance this school year.

Because of the pandemic, the number of people allowed to watch the concert in person was limited. However, the concert also was live streamed to the Patriot News YouTube channel. A video of the concert has been uploaded, too.

The concert consisted of five different groups playing: Concert Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Sax Quartet, and Strings. 

“I think the concert, even with the A and B schedules, only two full rehearsals, the heat, and so forth, was the best concert ever since I have been here at Carroll,” said Mr. Jeff Darrohn, the woodwind instructor for the band. He also is the conductor for Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble, and he plays in the sax quartet.

Mr. Zachary Larimer, the band director, also remarked on how well the students’ did in light of the year’s challenges. 

“I was surprisingly satisfied with how the evening went considering how little time we rehearsed as a complete ensemble,” said Mr. Larimer. “We did not have to sacrifice much because of the hybrid schedule and we were able to put out a good product. I am very proud of how the students performed despite all the obstacles this year.  It was one to remember!”

Band parent Mrs. Barbie Volpe offered effusive praise.

“Last Wednesday night the Archbishop Carroll band put on an incredible show at their spring concert,” said Mrs. Volpe, who designed and put together the program.  “After more than a year since they were all able to perform live together, the band sounded absolutely amazing! I literally had chills as I listened to them playing a medley of songs from Guardians of the Galaxy and Coldplay Classics!”

Mrs. Volpe said that Mr. Larimer, his staff and his students should all be very proud for putting on such a spectacular show!