The first piece was "Arlington Sketches" by Elliot Del Borgo, which the orchestra performed without a conductor.
What the students just did was something we would consider chamber music ... when you perform without the benefit of a conductor," Lines said when the music stopped. "Many would argue that it is one of the highest evolved musical art forms. You just heard these students manipulate the starts, the stops, the tempo changes, the little nuances that made this such an interesting song to listen to."
Lines then turned to the orchestra.
In addition to the opening piece, the students performed "Season of Gold by Kirt N. Mosier, "Rondeau and Chaconne" by Henry Purcell, "He Shall Feed His Flock" by George Frederic Handel, "Fascination" by F. D. Marchetti, "The Way We Were" by Marvin Hamlisch and "The Chase" by David Shaffer.
The orchestra includes the following students:
Making a special appearance was ubiquitous bassist Charles Ferguson, former director of orchestra at Marshall schools, former director of Marshall Municipal Band, director emeritus of Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra and currently on the music faculty at Missouri Valley College.
He also plays bass in Sedville Jazz Band.
Ferguson filled in for a student who was unable to attend the concert, Lines said.