The days may be getting colder and the nights longer, but here at Lanphier High School the stellar jazz band and choirs proves that music still shines!
The three groups met in the Lanphier commons on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 to debut their skills for their annual winter performance to their friends and families with compositions spanning a wide range of selections from entirely new melodies to familiar tunes with a jazz twist.
The compositions for the two choirs in attendance include The Most Wonderful Time of the Year and Carol of the Bells for the choir’s mixed ensemble. The mixed ensemble and concert choir the pieces include Cartoon Christmas, Caroling, Caroling, Baby Born in Bethlehem, All on a Silent Night, and Do You Hear What I Hear? with a spotlight solo performance by the very talented Baylon Elfgen-Heatmeiger (11) in the later group with the the performance of Cartoon Christmas.
From the jazz band, the performances included The Nutcracker Swing, You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch, Sugar Plum Rock, Feliz Navidad, and Silent Night with spotlight solo performances by a wide array of talented musicians such as Ethan Anderson (11) on Tenor saxophone with his piece in Sugar Plum Rock, Katelynn Paulen (12) on flute with her part in Silent Night, Laura Betty (12) on Alto saxophone with his parts in Feliz Navidad and The Nutcracker Swing, Colton Bates (12) on Tenor saxophone with his part in Silent Night, Aaliyah Lewis (10) on Alto saxophone with her part in Sugar Plum Rock, Cheyenne Street (12) on trumpet with her part in Silent Night, Tyler Hood (12) on trumpet with his part in The Nutcracker Swing, Stephanie Wilson (11) on trombone with her part in The Nutcracker Swing and Christina Huffman (12) on percussion with her part in The Nutcracker Swing.
Music in all forms is a fundamental ingredient of the Arts and to the backbone of our history, culture, society. It’s how we communicate as people. Rather than be tossed aside and ignored music and those who truly love it, musicians should instead be cherished and honored for their hard work, dedication, courage, and unending creativity said music coaxes out in them.