Hudson ISD Band Director Conducts Final Spring Concert

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The Hudson ISD Director of Bands conducted his final Spring Concert Tuesday evening at Temple Theater.

Hudson ISD announced the band director Brad Comeaux would be resigning, and his last show conducting for Hudson High School would be the Spring Concert. Comeaux has been director for 12 years, and he has taught for 15 years.

Comeaux conducted the Hudson High School Jazz Band and the Hudson High School Band Tuesday. The high school band finished the night with a very involved and energetic performance of the song “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas.”

A small jazz ensemble plays during the Spring Concert as different bands set up and tore down equipment.
A small jazz ensemble plays during the Spring Concert as different bands set up and tore down equipment.

During the concert, Comeaux described the piece was written by college student Eric Whitaker as a parody of the stereotypical Las Vegas music. The piece included a video on screen that followed the music about Godzilla’s destruction of the city, screaming and other interactivity from the band, many different kinds of music, and Comeaux invited the audience to laugh and gasp along with it.

The Hudson High School Band plays "Godzilla Eats Las Vegas" under the direction of Brad Comeaux.
The Hudson High School Band plays “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas” under the direction of Brad Comeaux.

Throughout the concert, Wes Miller provided several different acts as filler while the different bands were setting up. He called a girl from the audience up who was a self professed Adele fan, he provided commentary on various topics, and he brought a woman from the audience on stage to demonstrate how mediums and magicians across the world pretend to read their audience’s minds.

Wes Miller provides entertainment during the Spring Concert while different bands were setting up and tearing down equipment.
Wes Miller provides entertainment during the Spring Concert while different bands were setting up and tearing down equipment.

Miller also commented on the recent loss of jobs at General Electric.

“We are a resilient community, and we will recover,” Miller said.

The sixth grade Hudson Beginner Band under the direction of Ramona Elliot and the Hudson Middle School Band under the direction of Ronnie Ross also played during the concert Tuesday.

Three pieces played Tuesday were written and/or arranged by one of the Hudson ISD Band’s own volunteer instructors, Jimmy Battle. Battle works with the students offering his many years of expertise to help the students grow as musicians.

There has been no information regarding who will follow Comeaux as the Hudson ISD Director of Bands.

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