2018-12-06 / Front Page

Red Pride Band Christmas concert slated for Dec. 13

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 December 13, 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, welcom¬ing atmosphere, and of course the Christmas spirit.

“This is their first concert for the year. I look forward to filling the auditorium. This is a special time of the year, as the six grade stu­dents try their hardest, 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 and spectators.”

The concert will feature per­formances from each grade level band, including the sixth-grade beginner’s 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 they hear the con­cert, however; this provides a great learning experience for the sixth-grade band students. Being a first-year band student it gives them an opportunity to watch the other groups perform as they hear and see the hard work that goes into each of the performances. It also provides them with a chance to see how each group connects to each other and displays how each group develops 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, “An­gels on Parade” arranged by Carl Strommen, 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 Angels,” arranged by Paul Clark, “Patapan,” arranged by Michael Story, “Santa at the Symphony,” arranged by Mark Wil­liams, “Calypso Bells,” arranged by Todd Phillips, and “Christmas in the Kitchen,” arranged by Mi­chael Story. This piece will feature several guest performers some of our administrators and teachers who still get a kick out of perform­ing on stage.

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 “And All The Bells Shall Ring” arranged by Rob Romeyn, “Ancient Car­ol,” arranged by Paul Jennings, “Celebrate The Season Fanfare on Joy To The World,” arranged by Matt Conaway, “Celebration,” arranged by Robert Longfield, “Christmas Around The World,” arranged by Michael Story, and “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” arranged by Michael Brown.

Having performed at all this season football games, as well as receiving high rankings at the fall band competition, this year’s Christmas concert is expected to bring the 2018 school year for our Band students to a cheerful, suc­cessful close.

“Again we extend an invitation to everyone to enjoy 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.” there may be something in his sack just for you.

Furthermore, the band will also perform at the annual Holidays in Olde Lincoln Towne Christmas parade, slated for Saturday, De­cember 8.

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

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