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MS Raider Band ends year with fun and rocks

The Middle School Raider Band honored various members of the Ransom Everglades community during a spring performance filled with lively pieces and fun surprises. The band's final concert of the school year, "Songs of 'Honor and Excellence'" on May 12 began with a slideshow recognizing staff and faculty, and it included guest appearances by a sixth-grade rock band and two-person faculty rock band that performed with ... actual rocks. Photo Gallery
The band students showed their progress and versatility, performing on the traditional band instruments and some non-traditional ones. Band members provided occasional vocal accompaniment, as well as hand-clapping and foot-stomping, and the last piece, "Junk Funk," included four drummers working their magic on overturned paint buckets.

Interim Head of the Middle School Karen Thompson and math teacher Alina Mendoza took the stage to accompany the band on piano and by pounding rocks together in a piece appropriately called "Geology: The Study of Rock."

Sixth-grade students in the RE Rock Band – Harlan Hoenig '28 (singer), Israel Garcia '28 (piano), Isaac Zide '28 (bass), Lucas Noblet '28 (drums) – played "Wish You Were Here" and "Let it Be," and eighth graders Edwin Carr '26 (trombone) and Emilia Awad '26 (flute) performed solos in celebration of their "graduation" from the middle school band.

Throughout, band director Cathi Leibinger shared with the audience details about each piece. She also summoned newly accepted RE students in the audience, and those who expect to attend in the future, to the stage for a welcome and their first RE cookies.

Beginning Band
FLUTE
Israel Garcia ’28

CLARINET
Will Brown ’28
Aly Kaplan ’28
Joey Louis ’28
Alex Quintero Kontopoulos ’28
Yiani Tettamanti ’28

ALTO SAX
Eitan Sawicki ’28
Robbie Stieglitz ’28
Inti Yankelevich ’28

TRUMPET
Samuel Davis ’28
Austin Handler ’28
Joaquim Horvilleur ’28
Anand Melwani ’28
Harrison Sender ’27
Isaac Zide ’28

HORN
Annabelle Etra ’28

TROMBONE
Edwin Carr ’26

EUPHONIUM
Nico de la Serna ’28

TUBA
Mateo Gomez-Peck ’28

PERCUSSION
Israel Garcia ’28
Lucas Noblet ’28
Isaac Zide ’28
Aly Kaplan ’28

Raider Band
FLUTE
Emilia Awad ’26

OBOE
Salo Sawicki ’27

CLARINET
Aaron Wyler ’27
Avery Zubok ’27

BASS CLARINET
Giacomo Chinoy ’27

ALTO SAX
Stella Armstrong ’27
Roberto Erana ’27
Aaron Sadovnik ’27

TENOR SAX
Simone Carrasco ’27

BARI SAX
William Ramirez ’27

TRUMPET
Lorenzo Antoine ’27
Lucas Piedrahita ’27

EUPHONIUM
Santiago de la Serna ’27

PERCUSSION
Lucas Noblet ’28

RHYTHM SECTION
Giacomo Chinoy ’27, Piano
Emilia Awad ’26, Bass
Lucas Noblet ’28, Drums

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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.