Watch A High School Percussion Ensemble Perform Phish's "Divided Sky" April 17, 2017 14:31
As reported by JamBase last month, the Naugatuck High School Percussion Ensemble in Naugatuck, Connecticut has been working on a rendition of Phish's "Divided Sky" unlike any you've heard before. Trey Anastasio and Phish not only gave Naugatuck High School their full blessing for the performance, but long-time Anastasio collaborator Don Hart even helped out with the compositions. Fortunately for us all, videographer MKDevo has captured some amazing, multi-cam HD/4k footage of the ensemble's final rehearsal of the complex Phish original. See below to watch the performance in full, as well as remarks from MKDevo explaining the amount of work that went into this project.
Quotes from videographer MKDevo via Facebook:
"You may have seen Naugatuck High School Percussion featured on JamBase last month, while working on their rendition of Phish's "Divided Sky". A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending their final rehearsal of the season, where I captured this version - the result of months of hard work.
Huge congratulations to everyone involved with this, especially my good friend, instructor Donny Binette, who had this vision many years ago and finally was able to see it through to completion. There are so many moving parts, as you can see in this video, and these kids did an incredible job!
The ensemble began learning the piece in January 2017. They typically rehearsed 2-3 times per week, anywhere between 3-7 hours, depending on the day. This recording was captured in the final week of their competitive season. They achieved a final score of 90.9 at the MAC Championships."
Watch the Naugatuck High School Percussion Ensemble perform "Divided Sky" here: