School District Holds All-City Concert

Katherine Mejia--The Encinal band string section performs at Alameda Unified School District's All-City Concert on March 30.

School District Holds All-City Concert

On March 30th, Encinal High School (EHS) hosted the 2022 All-City Concert for all Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) secondary schools. The concert featured students from music programs across the Island City, including EHS, Alameda High School, and Lincoln Middle School. More than 400 student musicians from all three public high schools as well as several middle schools performed for family and friends on Willie Stargell Field on EHS’ campus.

“My favorite part of the whole thing is that all these musicians and families get to come together at the same time," said Tony Gennaro, EHS’ music instructor. "We have so many concerts where one school plays at a time, but to know that there’s other people on the island making music, it seems important for the students to see that they are not the only ones doing this.”

This was the first year where both beginner and advanced band students performed together, allowing sixth and seventh grade students to participate in the concert. Bringing all the music programs together for one night allowed some musicians to see their former directors.

"The orchestra killed it," said EHS junior Sammy Boyle. "The band did a lot better than I expected on some of our later pieces but, honestly, the songs that we played with the beginning band were a little rough. All in all, it was really fun and everyone was really excited to see their old middle school band directors."

Regardless of grade, many students were thankful they got the opportunity to take part in the All-City Concert.

“Overall, it was nice to see our work come together and see people from other schools do the same thing,” said EHS junior Lara Natouf.

Trinity Jones is a student journalist for Encinal's Horizon Publications.