Logistical Problems Delay Candle Night Presentation

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Logistical Problems Delay Candle Night Presentation

Columbus School High School band students performing in Candle Night concert.

Columbus School High School band students performing in Candle Night concert.

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Columbus School High School band students performing in Candle Night concert.

Concert Viewer

Concert Viewer

Columbus School High School band students performing in Candle Night concert.

Martin Zuluaga Chavez, Discoverer Staff Writer

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Unforeseen technical problems at the annual Candle Night concert on December 4  interfered with the students’  performances, delayed some acts, caused another to be canceled and ended the concert late. 

A late start, confusion about the order of the presentations and poor sound quality all interrupted the fluency of the show. 

“There was an incident during the show that was not taken into account, it was not included in the programming. It was the donation by part of the seniors, that made us interrupt  the presentation.” Carlos Julian Fernandez, Band Director, said. 

The show was supposed to start at 5:45 PM punctually but due to some last-minute issues in logistics and there was a lot of traffic in the school the show started around 6:05 PM. This caused dislike in the audience, as well as the sound quality, which wasn’t the best for some instruments.

“I feel that I waited very long for the event. I like the majority of interpretations but sadly for the sound issue, it was not the best.” Andres Rendón, school psychologist and concert viewer, said.

There was also a lack of time to perform before the concert due to the very tight schedule established by the School Administration. As a result, there were some technical issues as well, some band mistakes that confused the audience.

 “I think some of the students’ demonstrations weren’t the best, the concert didn’t go as well as it was expected,” Gregorio Noreña, Columbus School High School Band student, said.

Eventually, the Arts Department bought a new console to use in the concert. The lack of time and practice make some instruments had a higher pitch and volume during the show making dulling the sound of important instruments during the show.

“Students were motivated even though for me the part of the sound wasn’t the best I think It didn’t work as it should be expected,” Rendón said.

The performance began with Christmas songs by the Elementary and Middle School chorus’ and High School Band in which was the order followed. Later, two Middle and High School Rock Bands performed.

“I think the concert had its good aspect, as well things to improve both parts form the band and also the logistics team,”  Noreña, said. 

The school should take into account the mistakes that occurred in the show to prevent this kind of mistakes in future events.

“I think this would be improved if exists a team of logistics in which all sections of the schools are involved,” Fernandez said.