Next, the Middle School Band performed. Due to the recent sickness that’s been going around, about half of the students in the band were absent. Because of this, Mandy Koch, Katherine Taylor, and Mrs. Koch’s sister had to play with the Middle School Band. The Middle School Band played the songs “Frosty the Snowman,” “Home for the Holidays,” and “Holly Jolly Christmas.” They had to leave one of their songs out simply due to the lack of students. “Overall, [the concert] went really well, considering we had many students out with sickness.” said Mrs.Koch when asked about the band. “It seemed like only every other student was there, but we still played really strong.”
After the Middle School Band was done, the High School Choir came to perform. The High School Choir sang the songs “Sleigh Ride,” “Winter Sings Her Song,” and “Little Drummer Boy.” Hanna Fitts sang a solo in “Winter Sings Her Song.” Everyone in the High School Choir wore long, green robes. When asked about how the performance compared to practice, Hannah Fitts said: “The choir did pretty great. There was a few notes here and there that were off key and we were practicing to get our confidence up, and in the concert we had a lot of confidence in ourselves.”
Finally, the High School Band came up to finish out the concert. They played three songs: Music from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” and “The Polar Express.” InMusic from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Aaron Penning played a Bass Clarinet solo; Hannah Kruse played a Saxophone solo; and Michael McKernan played a Trumpet solo. In “The Polar Express,” Michael McKernan and Brady Kruse played a Trumpet duet. When asked about how he thought how the band did, Keven McDowell had simply said, “The band did pretty well in the concert.”
Everyone who was in the concert seems really content with how they did. Most of them, save for the seniors, are excited for next year to play/sing new songs. “I can’t wait to do this again next year!” Exclaimed Bobby Pruessner.
-by Robbie Cichon