Test Flight, Antelope Valley College’s own commercial music ensemble, will have its fall concert at 7 p.m., Nov. 22, in the AV College Performing Arts Theatre, 3041 West Ave. K, Lancaster.

The theme of the semester is Bad Romance, so the students were assigned to select songs that were based on love or break-ups and the heartache that goes with it.

“We have a really kind of eclectic collection of music this semester, a whole lot of different stuff,” AV College Music Instructor Gary Heaton-Smith said. “We have a very young group and they’ve really kind of stepped up,”

Test Flight will set out on a mini-tour on Nov. 22, playing at three different high schools in the morning, before they play the evening show. The song selection is an even balance between love songs and break-up songs.

“Of course, it’s called ‘Bad Romance,’ we can’t not play Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance,’” Heaton-Smith said.

Other featured songs include 311’s “Do You Right” and “Over and Over Again” by The Used.

“It has some really big challenges and some really big vocal range in it,” Heaton-Smith said.

Test Flight tickets cost $7 each.

AVC Symphonic Band

The AVC Symphonic Band will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 23, also in the AV College Performing Arts Theatre.

The program includes performances by the AVC Marching Marauders Percussion Ensemble who will perform their show, “Human And” about robots taking over the world.

AV College faculty member Jeffrey Kaser and his clarinet quartet will also perform.

“They’re going to do a 30-minute set of various things,” Heaton-Smith said. “They do a lot of arrangements of pop tunes, Christmas things.”

For the second half of the program, the AVC Symphonic Band will perform a variety of tunes, including “Sleep,” by Eric Whitacre, an original choir composition arranged for band, plus a traditional march.

“We have like five tunes in there, just a different mix of stuff,” Heaton-Smith said.

Tickets cost $10.

For details call 661-722-6580, visit http://tickets.avc.edu, or visit the box office at 3041 West Ave. K, Lancaster.

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