Band-o-rama features patriotic themes

A small drum performance resounds in the Fridley High School gym before the concert was scheduled to start Jan. 14, when 10 Fridley Middle School students sat down and played drums together in an impromptu jam session. (Sun staff photo by Sarah Peterson)
Fifth-grade trumpet players visit before the concert begins Jan. 14 at Fridley High School. (Sun staff photo by Sarah Peterson)
Audience members crowd the stands in Fridley High School’s gym as the Jan. 14 district-wide concert begins. (Sun staff photo by Sarah Peterson)
Audience members line the railing above the gym floor to take pictures and video of students performing in the district-wide concert Jan. 14 at Fridley High School. (Sun staff photo by Sarah Peterson) 
Approximately 400 students fill the Fridley High School gym floor to perform as separate ensembles on some songs and as a full group on a piece dedicated to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Sun staff photo by Sarah Peterson)
Fridley High School band students set a high bar for the younger students in the district-wide band concert, performing several pieces during the Jan. 14 concert at the high school gym. (Sun staff photo by Sarah Peterson)
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A small drum performance resounds in the Fridley High School gym before the concert was scheduled to start Jan. 14, when 10 Fridley Middle School students sat down and played drums together in an impromptu jam session. (Sun staff photo by Sarah Peterson)

Fridley Public Schools presented a district-wide band concert Jan. 14 in the gym at Fridley High School. Students in grades 5-12 performed in individual ensembles and as a full group. This year’s theme was “Americana,” featuring music from U.S. composers. The full group piece was “Until Justice Rolls Down Like Waters,” a musical arrangement dedicated to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.