T-Birds host annual choir, band Christmas concert

Many people came to watch their kids, grandkids, friends or just to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere at the annual Christmas concert on Monday. 

The big musical Christmas event involved about 50 kids in band and choir from middle and high school. They sang Christmas Classics under the direction of Bob Lee and Steve Novotny. The concert started at 7 p.m. and took approximately one hour.

The middle school band started the concert with “Candle of Hope” by Dougles E. Wagner. They also played one traditional song called “Sing A Glad Noel.”

Middle school choir then sang “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin. Their second song was “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Johnny Marks.

After the middle school performances, the audience had a chance to hear the high school Mixed Ensemble. They sang four songs. The first of them was “Carol of the Drum” from 2002 by Katherine K. Davis. “Where are You Christmas” by Jennings, Horner and Carey was the second song. The other traditional song was “The First Noel.” The last song was “That’s Christmas to Me” by Hoying and Olusola.

“It’s fun to get to sing Christmas songs, even as a bass. It can be repetitive, but it’s always been fun,” sophomore choir singer Erik Ghumm said.

Junior Jade Downs performed the songs with the choir.

“I enjoy them and it’s nice to sing them with this choir, director and accompanist and it’s always fun to sing the classic ones,” Downs said about Christmas songs.

The musical evening continued with songs from the high school band. “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson was it’s first song. Another traditional song was “African Bell Carol” and they finished with “A Christmas Tale (Beware the Krampus)” with help from technology coordinator Kim Ghumm. The song was written by Rendall D. Standridge.

“You can’t buy this on the iTunes Store,” freshman band player David Holmes said.

The admission was free so anyone who wanted to come and enjoy all the Christmas Classics were welcomed at the event.

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