Lugo’s Senior musicians say “goodbye”: leaving behind a legacy

The Don Lugo Band Department hosted their annual Spring Concert this past Tuesday. For most of the musicians this was their last time preforming together. As the Seniors move on to the next chapter of their lives they leave the old one behind and leave a phenomenal legacy to be continued by the underclassmen.

Courtesy of Don Lugo Principal Dr. Kimberly Cabrera

The Don Lugo Band Department hosted their annual Spring Concert this past Tuesday. For most of the musicians this was their last time preforming together. As the Seniors move on to the next chapter of their lives they leave the old one behind and leave a phenomenal legacy to be continued by the underclassmen.

Last Tuesday night was emotional for many of Lugo’s musicians, as it was their last Don Lugo performance of the year. The performance that took place on Tuesday evening, the annual Spring Concert, was hosted by the Don Antonio Lugo band department- they gathered friends, families, and music lovers all around to witness all the blood, sweat, and tears that the department has put into their practices and many shows throughout the course of the year. This year’s Spring Concert performance was titled, “A little Bit Of Broadway.”

At this Spring Concert, several groups within the Don Lugo Band Department performed songs that nearly blew the crowd away- along with an outstanding choreography by Color Guard, who preformed that evening as well. First to take floor was the Winter Drumline- they performed their new show for this year called “Red,” the second set of musicians that took on the floor was the Jazz Band, who performed three of the set songs from the previous Reno Jazz Festival, including a little tune called “Cool” from the Broadway musical “West Side Story,” the Concert band followed soon after with a plethora of Broadway tunes to end the night. All in all, the concert was a clearly emotional performance, from both the musicians as well as the point of view of the parents watching their children preform their last Spring Concert-many of the Seniors in band who are graduating this year can be considered trailblazers on the Don Lugo campus.

“This is the hard time of the year for me- I don’t like to say “Goodbye,” I like to say “see you later,”  because I hope that my Seniors come back and visit me. You know, I don’t have any kids of my own, so in a way, all my high school kids kind of become my kids.” ”

— Don Lugo Band Director, Mr. Stephen Yanik

Throughout the past four years, the Senior musicians of Don Lugo have opened many doors into the “band world” for Don Lugo- last year, the department officially decided to create a “Winterline” or Winter Drumline after 7 years of not having one at all and now next year the Winterline will be leaving ADLA and joining a bigger and a more widespread division. The musicians promoted the Lugo band so well that they have been invited next year in Hawaii to perform, as well have made a name for themselves in Reno by taking home Outstanding Soloists awards. As the school years winds down to an end and Lugo’s Senior musicians give their last final performances, it is clear that this year’s graduating class of Lugo’s musicians have left the underclassmen with big shoes to fill.