LHS Symphonic Band prepares for the upcoming ‘Symphony in Flowers’

From left, Summer Wood and Robbie Spiers make sure all is satisfactory before beginning practice.

The award winning Lancaster High School Symphonic Band has begun practicing for “Symphony in Flowers.”  A glimpse behind the scenes shows how Robbie Spiers, director of the Lancaster High School Band, is preparing his students for this performance.

As one enters the band room at Lancaster High School the walls are filled with trophy’s won over the years for outstanding performances, from Kilmarnock to London; from Toronto to Bermuda, reported Genny Chase. The LHS Marching Red Devils Band has participated in halftime shows at the Orange Bowl, Peach Bowl, Sugar Bowl and twice at the BCS National Championship.

Spiers begins his music class, with members of the symphonic band, in a typical way—with music scales, each student goes through the music scales to warm up, said Chase. However Spiers is not a typical music teacher. He interacts to bring out the best in his students; always in a helpful, instructive way while encouraging interaction with and from his students. This is a team working to be their best and to have fun along the way, she said.

Some of the training is routine, repeat and repeat, anything done well has to be practiced and Spiers emphasizes, with patience, what area needs to be repeated, said Chase. He works with each student so they play to their best ability and to bring out their skills—always with a smile. Individual instruments are practiced, then the instruments are played in combination and you hear a complete beautiful composition.

“Symphony in Flowers” will combine music and flowers. As the symphonic band plays, international floral designer Francine Thomas of New Zealand will create life-size floral designs.

The event will take place at 2 p.m. March 12 at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock. Tickets are $35 each and may be purchased at 438-5803, or anitahart2577@gmailcom. Proceeds from this event will go to the Lancaster High School Band and the Kilmarnock Garden Club’s community projects.