The Franklin County High School band had a busy week last week.

On Thursday, May 15, they presented their annual Spring Concert, under the direction of Karl Lester.

The first half of the concert was performed by the middle school band. In the second half, the high school students performed “Brighton Camp” by Randall Standridge; portions of “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck; “Polly Oliver” by Thomas Root; “Blue Ridge Reel” and “Among the Clouds” by Brian Balmages; “Beauty and the Beast” by Alan Menken; “The Lion King” by Paul Lavender; “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” by Paul Jennings; and “Gangnam Style” by Michael Brown.

On Sunday afternoon, at Lafayette Park, those selections formed the content of the closing concert in the Ilse Newell Series for the Performing Arts, sponsored by the Apalachicola Area Historical Society.

Instrumentalists include flutes Samantha Marxsen, Ursula Countryman, Josie Kriss, Jessica Rudd, Casey Riley and Aracely Gallegos; clarinets Jackson Copley, Cayce Daniels, Fisher Edwards, Beyla Walker, Makenzie Schumann, Abbie Pace, and Taylor Messer; bass clarinet Morgan Anderson; alto saxophone Thomas Copley and Ana Aguilar; tenor saxophone Acaleah Wallace; trumpets Melody Hatfield, Charles Petty and Jessica Schmidt; French horns Mercedes Rice and Rory Countryman; trombones Morgan Martin, Colby Boatwright and Mitchell Sand; euphonium Ann Reeder; tuba Hunter Kelley; and percussion Bryan Boyd, Kitana Peralta and Jonathan Whitcomb. – By DAV ID ADLERSTEIN