The Mandarins Music Academy ‘s winter Honor Band presented a concert on December 3 at the Sheldon High School Performing Arts Center. Comprised of 90+ elementary school students in the Elk Grove Unified School District, the band played three selections, including specially-commissioned music titled Peace for Children, composed by Mandarins Brass alum Matt Miller. Matt provided the music as a gift, to be freely played by any ensemble.
Peace for Children was performed by children for children who have suffered injury, trauma, or death from the turmoil and violence occurring in the world.
Students achieved a level of proficiency qualifying them to participate in the honor band. Today’s concert was led by guest conductor John Brashier of the TR Smedberg Middle School band program.