The Needles High School Mustang Band

Justin Carlson (far left) leads the Needles High School Mustang Band during an early-season football game on Branigan Field last year.

NEEDLES — Music lovers will hear some contemporary pieces along with some favorite classic pop-rock and show tunes when the Needles Unified School District presents its traditional spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the Needles High School auditorium.

The beginning band made up of students from sixth through 12th grades, high school student choir, advanced band of students from seventh through 12th grade and the Blue Notes: Needles’ long-running community jazz band made up of students and Tri-state adults; all perform during the concert. Music Director Justin Carlson joins the Blue Notes as a guest conductor on one piece and playing trumpet on another.

The beginning band performs Feel it Still by Portugal.theman; Bad by Michael Jackson; and Ride by 21 Pilots. “Some more modern stuff to help the kids relate to it,” commented Carlson.

The choir will sing I’ll be There by the Jackson 5; Do You Hear the People Sing from Les Miserables; On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons; California Dreamin’ by the Mamas and the Papas; and Four Chords by Australian comedy group the Axis of Awesome.

The Blue Notes’ set is to include renditions of Randy Newman’s You’ve Got a Friend in Me from the movie Toy Story; the Bare Necessities from Jungle Book; a medley of Michael Giacchino’s tunes from the movie The Incredibles; rock group Queen’s version of Crazy Little Thing Called Love; Twist and Shout by the Beatles; and Can’t Get No Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones.

The advanced band plays a medley of John Williams’ Star Wars tunes; revisits Queen with Bohemian Rhapsody; and plays a Disney Spectacular: a medley of Disney songs.

“It’s going to be a great show and people shouldn’t miss it,” Carlson said.

The show is expected to continue about an hour and 15 minutes, Carlson said; and there will be a concessions area for fans to obtain snacks during intermissions between musical groups. Adult tickets go for $5; students and children pay $3. The NHS auditorium is along Washington Street.

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