I am the conductor of the Corona (California) Youth Symphony Orchestra and of the Corona Symphony Conservatory. As well, I assist with the string program at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
This evening these three groups combined to perform with the CTS Rock Band as part of their Freedom Rock Experience. It was unbelievable! My students will be talking about this for years.
The CTS band were prepared, professional and profoundly motivating. The individual players in the band interacted with the student musicians to create a memorable and entirely positive experience. The drummer, Joe, interacted with me as a conductor with such consistency and precision that tiny ripples disappeared by adjustments that he made, and that the band adjusted to instantly. It was remarkable.
The music was itself inspirational, patriotic and a just fun. With string players, the opportunities to get up out of their seats and just absorb themselves in both the music and the concert environment are rare. My students were rocking out.
The music was challenging, but well within their range, and CTS understands that when working with groups with little combined rehearsal time between the students and CTS that the rock band has to be on top of its game to create a strong musical performance. CTS did that and more.
Our groups made some money, and that is always helpful. Groups are constantly having to fundraise, and tonight we made a good profit, had hundreds of people in the audience and just played music.
Jeff Senour and the CTS Rock Band created magic for my students. The videos and graphics, the lights, the fog machine and the rock and roll music that, as a teacher, I didn’t have to worry about the message were unparalleled.
Thanks CTS. You created memories that will last for years and years and gave my students a performance opportunity that they would not have had any other way.
What an experience!!!
– Scott Bonner, BA, MA, JD
Conductor, Corona Youth Symphony and Corona Symphony Conservatory