Students will perform Christmas programs next week

From the THS Music Dept.

  The 2010 5-12th grade band and choir Christmas Concert is Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ray Frank Gymnasium.  The concert will consist of 5th grade band, 6th grade band, jr. high band and choir and high school band and choir, a student on the Ocarina, and a guitar solo. 

The concert will begin with the 5th grade band playing “Good King Wenceslas” a traditional English carol featuring individual sections. They will then play “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” a traditional Christmas carol as a duet throughout the band. They will then play a band arrangement of Jingle Bells arranged by Chuck Elledge. The performance will then continue with “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” by Reading.  Their final piece will be “First Christmas March” arranged by John O’Reilly    
The 6th grade band will take the stage with “Away in the Manger” by Mueller, followed by their performance of “Up on the Housetop” arranged by Michael Sweeney.  Their last individual piece will be “A Holly Jolly Christmas” arranged by Michael Sweeney.  They will then be joined by the jr. high Band to play “Old St. Nick on Hold” arranged by Lloyd Conley.
The jr. high band will continue with “Christmas Cheer” by Gerald Sebesky, and will conclude their part of the performance with “The Chipmunk Song” arranged by Ted Ricketts.
Amanda Pehl will take the stage to play her Ocarina, a vessel flute with finger holes to produce sound.  She will play “Joy to the World,” and “Auld Lang Syne.”
The jr. high choir will be singing five pieces all accompanied by Charlotte Runner: “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let is Snow!” arranged by Hillary Kinsale, “Young King” by Ed Harris, “Grinch! A Christmas Choral Medley” arranged by Andy Beck, “Carol of the Kings” by Linda Spevacek, and “Jingle-Bell Rock with Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” arranged by Doug Wagner.
At this point in the concert, Katie Higgins will play “What Child is This” on guitar.
The high school choir, accompanied by Charlotte Runner, will sing “Wintertime Aglow” by Audrey Snyder accompanied by Lindsay Stickel on bells and Josh Stickel on finger cymbals.  That will be followed with “Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind” by John Rutter, accompanied by Lindsay Stickel on keyboard. The next piece will be “December Child” arranged by Lou Hayward, accompanied on bells by Lindsay Stickel. 
A solo featuring piece is “Away in a Manger” arranged by Gilbert M. Martin with vocal solos by Amanda Haidle, Samantha Springer, and Courtney Ban.  The last piece will be “I’ll be Home for Christmas” arranged by Mark Hayes.  
Rounding out the program will be the high school band performance from Babes in Toyland entitled “March of the Toys” arranged by Jay Wallace.  They will then play “Jingle Bell Rhapsody” arranged by Harold L. Walters and will conclude with “Celtic Bell Carol” arranged by Robert W. Smith. This piece celebrates the rich musical heritage of Ireland and the British Isles, as well as featuring various percussion. 
Everyone is invited to come and listen to the musical performances of our students after visiting the downtown Terry stores for Terrific Tuesday shopping.  The music is fun and familiar, and the students have been working very hard to present these pieces to the public. The Prairie County Health Department will also have bins set up to collect non-perishable food items and other needed items (toothbrushes, paste, etc.) for distribution in their yearly Christmas Baskets. 
Elementary Christmas Program is Dec. 15
The Elementary Christmas Program is Wednesday, December 15 at 2:30 p.m. in the Ray Frank Gymnasium.  For the kindergarten through 3rd grader students, we are visiting all of the holidays in December from Christmas, to Kwanzaa, to Hanukkah, to Las Posadas along with basic winter songs. The kindergarteners will start the program with a piece entitled “North Winds Blow” by Zoltan Kodaly and Ivy Rawlins. They will then sing “Nochebuena” adapted by Jose-Luis Orozco, a piece for Las Posadas, followed with “Joy to the World” by Rev. Isaac Watts and George F. Handel.  Their final piece is “Merry Christmas Time-ee-o!” by Marian Rawles and David Carr Glover.
First and second Graders will sing “In the Window” a Hebrew Folk song for Hanukah, followed with “Mary Had a Baby” an African American Spiritual.  Their third song will be a well-known piece entitled “Frosty the Snowman” by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins.  They will conclude their part of the performance with “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” an English carol. 
The third and fourth Graders will continue the program with “Light One Candle” by Peter Yarrow, followed with “The Holly and the Ivy” an Old English carol.  They will then sing a partner song called “Winter Fantasy” (with Jingle Bells) by Jill Gallina and will conclude their part of the program with “Once Upon a Christmas Time” by Emily Crocker and John Higgins.
The fifth and sixth graders will close out the program with a musical production entitled “Elfis and the Sleigh Riders” a Rockin’ Holiday Musical for Young Voices by Teresa Jennings.  Elfis (Jason Loomis) is the greatest entertainer on the North Pole.  Santa (Justin Kinn), Mrs. Claus (Adrian Anderson) and the elves (Tristan Davis, Melissa Lacquement, Genna Schroeber, and Delaney Davis) and reindeer (Dayton Keltner, Kale Gierke, Ann Grue, Joe Mendenhall, and Anya Pitchford) have a surprise for him; his very own band with Stanley the bass player (Sean Loomis), Jerry Lee the piano player (Aaron Morast), Bix the drummer (Shad Mack) Aretha (Valerie Greenfield), Mariah (Kelsey Grant), and Celine (Graciela Cadenas) as background singers.  However, they all want the spotlight, so will the band stay together for a great holiday time?  You will have to come see if the cast learns that friends need to stick together or if the band breaks up after one rehearsal.
We hope that everyone comes to enjoy our performances and to boost their Christmas spirit and Holiday Cheer! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend to support these young musicians.  The program is open to the public with free admittance. 
Please remember to bring a non-perishable item or necessity item to donate to the Prairie County Health Department for their Christmas baskets. Their will be collections boxes in the lobby at both concerts. 

Published Dec. 8, 2010

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