Crusaders spook the house

SAN MARCOS — Maybe it wasn’t spooky, exactly, but the sight of dozens of middle school band members dressed in every imaginable costume filing into the makeshift auditorium and taking their seats was certainly impressive.
The San Marcos Middle School intermediate, advanced and jazz bands played a selection of modern and classical Halloween-themed pieces to the delight of a packed crowd in the campus multi-purpose room at the Monsters under the Bed Symphonic Spooktacular on Oct. 30.
First up was the Crusader Jazz Band, which kicked off the party with “Let ‘er RIP” by local composer Dave Efflandt.
They closed their set with the theme from the 1960’s “Spiderman” cartoon.
Then several of the jazz players swapped seats to join the Crusader Cadet Band on the center stage to drive the audience buggy with Naoya Wada’s “Line of Ants” and Mike Story’s “Creepy Crawlies.”
The final act of the night featured the Crusader Winds who capped the evening with the song that gave its name to the show, “The Monster Under the Bed” by classic band composer Robert Sheldon.
Just before the concert began, conductor Juan Aguilar explained why he had chosen monsters under the bed to be the theme for the performance.
“When I thought about this concert … I was thinking about when I was a little kid, and I would hide under the covers and think, ‘OK! They’re not going to get me,’” Aguilar said. “But for some strange reason, I became a middle school band director — and they got me.”

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