ACH: Band, Strings Ensemble Not Afraid to Have Fun

By Jackie DiBartolomeo
Staff Reporter

It’s been a busy year for Paul VI Catholic High School’s music program. In addition to a Star Wars-inspired winter concert and a strings ensemble performance at the Volunteer Fairfax Awards Gala in April, the program looks forward to entertaining runners in the Army 10-miler race in October.

Between great conductors and enthusiastic musicians, it is easy to see why the music program is so respected at Paul VI. Under the direction of Jan Siegfried, the band and strings ensemble have played a multitude of events, ranging from competitions at Disney World to Volunteer Recognition Galas.

While Siegfried works to shape dedicated and disciplined musicians, they’re not afraid to have a little fun with their music. In honor of the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie premiere last December, the band performed iconic songs from the original Star Wars trilogy.

“I’ve been an avid Star Wars fan ever since the original film was released in 1977, so that night was really special to me,” said Siegfried.

Read more at The Arlington Catholic Herald.

Featured image: PVI music students perform at the Army 10-miler run in D.C. last fall (Beth Henry/ Panther Press).

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