The concert consists of choir and band performances. Band Director Wes Anderson says both the concert and jazz bands will perform. The 52 student concert band will play “Jungle Dance” by Brian Balmages, “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Gustav Holst and “Bugler’s Holiday” by Leroy Anderson, featuring Al Naylor, Wayne Lautner and Bob Palmer as guest trumpet soloists. Then the 25 student jazz band will perform two selections, “Gumdrops for Two” by Bob Lowden and “Act Your Age” by Gordon Goodwin, featuring Al Naylor.
Vocal Director David Heupel says the treble and concert choirs will also perform. The two choirs will come together to sing one song, Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” There are 45 students in the treble choir and 65 in the concert choir. He describes his favorite part of the concert.
“One of them is that we have it in the middle school gym and have all the tables set up and we fill up those tables every year. We’ve got people who don’t have kids in the music program anymore, but they still come. We have the choirs combine to sing the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ at the end and we ask any choir alumni that are there to come up and sing with us as well. So we always get a few graduates that and join us too.”
As a special treat, there will be members from the Jazzatonics singing Christmas carols as the “Greene County Carolers” prior to the concert, starting at 7:30pm in the middle school gym on Monday, December 11th. There will also be a saxophone ensemble playing Christmas carols also before the concert begins.
Admission is $5 per person and there will also be desserts prepared by the band and choir parents, to further raise funds for the music department.