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Festive holiday songs highlight winter concert (Hometown Press article)

posted Dec 22, 2017, 4:17 PM by webmaster@lshawks.org   [ updated Dec 22, 2017, 4:22 PM ]

Festive holiday songs highlight winter concert

Parents, family, friends, and community supporters filled the high school gym on Thursday, Dec. 14, for the middle and high school winter concert, the second concert of the year for this age group. The concert was appropriately winter themed and showed in the students’ dress choices – Christmas sweaters, Santa hats, and more matched the season.

The high school jazz band kicked off the concert with performances of “Basin Street Blues” by Paul Jennings, which featured junior Garrett Cross in a solo, “Beauty and the Beast” by Sammy Nestico, and “Jingle Bell Rock” by Belwin, featuring Jacob Morningstar as a soloist.

The sixth-graders’ Orff Ensemble performed on multiple xylophones and other rhythm instruments with poems spoken by individual students.

The sixth-grade band then performed three pieces titled “Sakura, Sakura,” “Up on a Housetop,” and “Jolly Old St. Nicholas.”

The junior high choir followed, singing “Candy Cane Lane” by Teresa Jennings, “Be Grateful” by T. Jennings featuring Abby Squires in a solo, and “Sing for Joy” by Mike Wilson.

Following the choir was the junior high band. They played two pieces titled “St. Nick’s March” by John Edmundson and “O Christmas Tree” by Clark Taylor. The high school band then joined them to perform “Silent Night” by James Swearingen.

The last band performance of the night featured the high schoolers performing “Jingle Bells Rhapsody” by Pierpont-Walters, “American Christmas Festival” by Frank Erickson, and “Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikowsky.

“It’s great to see everything come together in a concert. It’s the night where all of our hard work finally pays off,” said senior band member Josh Dunsbergen.

Closing the concert, the high school choir sang three songs: “Thirty Second Fa La La” by Donald Moore, Next, “Carol of the Bells” by M. Leontovich featuring soloists Emma Wipf and Dylan Huyser, and “Something Told the Wild Geese.”

“I really enjoyed participating in all the different performances and loved the Christmas spirit,” said senior choir and band member Rebecca Morningstar.


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