Barbara Lawlor, Nederland. The holidays wouldn’t be the same without music.
Everywhere the sound of the season tells us stories about Santa and shopping lists and snowmen and reindeer and bells.
Last week, it was refreshing to be entertained by the Nederland Elementary School fifth graders and the Nederland Middle Senior High School students who are members of a band or orchestra, using their combined skills and talent with their individual instruments to present The Winter Band and Orchestra concert.
The students dressed for the occasion with their Santa hats, black shirts and black dresses, highlighting their shining instruments and glowing faces, eager to begin the performance.
There were 20 fifth grade band members, and 23 fifth grade orchestra members who joined the older students, learning what it feels like to play in front of a large audience. The high school auditorium was standing room only, a testament to the combining of the schools.
The fifth grade band played Au Claire De La Lune and Pachelbel’s Carols and the orchestra played Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. NES music teacher Susan Jones conducted the young musicians.
Orchestra teacher Christine Mallery introduced her sixth grade, middle level and high school orchestra who played a classic The First Noel and The Conquistador!
Music program director Liz Evans conducted the sixth grade band, the combined middle level and high school bands, and the high school band’s stellar performance of Handel’s Passacagia from site No. 7 and a rousing Pirates! Movement I: Raiding the Jolly Roger.
The concert ended with the Trans-Nederland Orchestra playing Faith Noel with a rousing percussion performance by Kevin Merz.