L-W East Marching Band to Perform 2015 Show in Community Concert
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Students in the award-winning Lincoln-Way East Performance Art Ensemble Marching Griffins will perform the full production of their 2015 competition show Bliss on Saturday, September 12 at 7 p.m. Parents and community members are invited to attend the Community Concert in the schools stadium.

The term Bliss represents a slightly different concept to everyone and is universally understood as a moment that is so exceptional that we become oblivious to anything else around us at the moment, said Bert Johnson, the director of the Marching Griffins. The marching band will portray a visual representation of the music, leaving it up to the audience to interpret from what they think and feel.

The conceptual production is based on the music of Snarky Puppy and Eric Whitacre.

Students will wear black and white modern, chic costumes with a print on each sleeve that reads Lincoln-Way and Ever True.

"Bliss" features music from the album "We Like It Here" by 2014 Grammy award winners "Snarky Puppy." Selections from the album include: Lingus, Shofukan, and Sleeper as well as a musical selection by Eric Whitacre entitled Bliss. Snarky Puppy is known for its mixture of jazz, funk and world music and fuses musical tradition with conceptual innovation.

Snarky Puppy came to Lincoln-Way East in June to provide a private concert for the students and to educate the Marching Griffins members on how to establish an authentic connection with an audience during a live performance.

The Music Boosters and the Marching Griffin parents are exceptional, Johnson said. This program would not be possible without them and they cannot be thanked enough.