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MWHS Band Performs Halloween Concerts

MWHS Bands Perform Halloween Concerts
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November 2, 2022 — Fully costumed for Halloween, members of the Mound Westonka High School Wind Ensemble performed a series of short Halloween concerts on Oct. 31 at Grandview Middle School and at Shirley Hills and Hilltop primary schools. For the first time in a few years, the band also revived their tradition of performing for the residents at Lake Minnetonka Shores in Spring Park.

"It was especially nice to get back to playing at Lake Minnetonka Shores,” said band director Gretchen Chilson. “We had not done our Halloween performance there since before the Covid-19 pandemic, so it was great to play again for that appreciative audience!"

The ensemble played a variety of spooky soundtracks, and each instrument group also performed a small group selection to provide a demonstration of each instrument. While the annual mini-concerts are fun for all, they also provide a great opportunity to share music with younger students and encourage their participation in band. Each group of musicians was enthusiastically greeted by the younger students.

"This local Halloween tour has become such an important part of our band program," said Chilson. "Many MWHS band students credit this concert with inspiring them to start on a particular instrument, or to be in band at all. The opportunity to have our experienced students perform for our younger students is so special, and we're fortunate to be welcomed into the other buildings to continue this tradition."