2017-12-07 / Front Page

Red Pride Band to perform Christmas concert tonight

The Lincoln County Middle and High School .Red. .Pride.. Band.. stu­dents .. have been working hard in preparation for their annual Christ­mas concert, which has been set for Thursday (tonight), December 7, beginning at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

As per tradition, admission is free to the public and the community is invited to bring friends and family members along for an evening filled with festive music, a warm, welcom­ing atmosphere, and of course the Christmas spirit.

“This is their first concert for the year. I look forward to this time of the year, as the students try their hardest, and try to do their best as they make their debut performance,” band director Jasper Dukes said. “Usually things go well, but you never know until the performance since this is the first time they will play for the parents.”

The concert will feature perfor­mances from each grade level band, including the sixth-grade beginners band.

“The sixth-graders are new to the performance scene, and they are both nervous and excited all at the same time,” Dukes explained. “Most times, the parents do not recognize what the students are playing until the concert, however, this provides a great learning experience for the sixth-grade band students, as they get the opportunity to hear the other groups perform and see how the program is set up from one level to the next level.”

A variety of music has been se­lected for this year’s concert, and the sixth-grade band will open the performance, playing songs such as “Up on the Housetop” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,” arranged by Michael Sweeney, and “Jingle Bells,” from the Traditional Stan­dard of Excellence.

Following the sixth-grade band, the seventh- and eighth-grade bands will combine to perform “Christmas Processional,” arranged by John Kinyon, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” arranged by Paul Cook, “The Little Drummer Boy,” arranged by Gerald Sebesky, “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” arranged by Andrew Balent, and “Patapan” and “Christmas in the Kitchen,” ar­ranged by Michael Story.

Bringing the Christmas concert to a close will be the LCHS Red Pride Band. This group is comprised of students in grades 9-12, and they are set to perform “Fanfare for a Holiday Celebration,” arranged by Robert W. Smith, “A Christmas Cannon,” arranged by Michael Green, “Hallelujah It’s Christmas,” arranged by Mark Williams, “Santa Meets the Big Bands,” arranged by James D. Ployhar, and “This Christ­mas,” arranged by Ted Ricketts.

Having performed at the Ameri­can Legion Post 194 and the 21st annual Pioneer Day festival earlier this season, as well as receiving high rankings at the fall band competi­tion, this year’s Christmas concert is expected to bring 2017 to a cheerful, successful close.

“We would like to invite everyone out to an evening of great Christmas music. The concert is free to every­one, so please come out and bring a friend,” Dukes said. “We have put in a request asking Santa to visit us that night, so hopefully he will make it – come out and see if he is here.”

Furthermore, the band will also perform at the annual Holidays in Olde Lincoln Town Christmas fes­tival and parade, slated for Saturday, December 16.

“Please plan to support us by at­tending, as we set the atmosphere for the Christmas season,” Dukes said. “Thanks for all of your past support, and we’re looking forward to seeing you!”

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