Rocky Fork Enterprise

High school to present winter concert Jan. 12


The Gahanna Lincoln High School Band Department will present a winter concert with special guests at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, in the high school auditorium, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

Band director Rob Cebriak said the concert lineup includes a former Gahanna principal, as well as the Blue Band, Jazz Bands 1 and 2 and the Gold Band.

"We're very excited to collaborate with some special guests," Cebriak said.

Retired assistant principal Ralph Walton will perform Carl Maria von Weber's Concertino on clarinet with the band.

"Mr. Walton has always been a friend to the Gahanna bands, but he's also a great example of the kind of well-rounded human being we would like each of our students to become," Cebriak said. "He's the definition of a lifelong learner -- always learning and asking questions -- and he's highly involved in a wide range of interests, including education, tennis and music. At our first rehearsal with him, I think the band was impressed to hear how expressively he played."

Cebriak said the band also would present an exceptional arrangement of America the Beautiful that will include the GLHS a cappella choir, conducted by choir director Jeremy Lahman.

"We've collaborated with the choir before, and we have several students who perform in both groups," Cebriak said. "This arrangement of America the Beautiful is a classic that is performed regularly by the military bands and other professional organizations. Our choirs sing beautifully and will sound brilliant with the band."

The concert program will span an extensive time period.

Other highlights will feature Blue Band's performance of The Witch and the Saint (a tone poem based on a novel set in medieval Germany), Gold Band's arrangement of a Bach fugue from the 1700s, several more contemporary works and the jazz bands' selections from a variety of 20th- and 21st- century styles.

Admission to the winter concert is free.

The bands are conducted by Cebriak; the jazz bands are led by Kelly Shellhammer; and Lahman directs the choir.