Article By: ANNA GILGOFF Special to The Press
Clarinets, mallets and soaring voices resounded in the middle school auditorium Dec. 13 at the high school’s annual winter concert, heralding the advent of the holidays foreshadowed by the recent snow and brisk temperatures.
The high school chorus, under the direction of Greg Snider, set the holiday tone, performing three pieces including “’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,” which featured Morgan Moss on flute.
Moss also arranged a piece called “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” for a clarinet group called the Tenutos, lightening the mood.
Notable was the a cappella performance of “Hallelujah,” by the Naturelettes, which captured the very essence of the season in the form of angelic voices.
The all-women group is a student initiative which rehearses with Moss at the helm.
The concert band, under the direction of James Lykins, rounded out the evening.
A rendition of “Sleigh Ride” raised spirits and was followed by selections from the Nutcracker, a much-loved holiday favorite.
“We hoped to kick off your holiday cheer,” Lykins told the audience.
To judge by the reaction, he was as good as his word.
Before the evening ended, Dennis Dengler, president of the band boosters, invited the audience to a band meeting designed to “set a course for the future.”
The meeting, scheduled for Dec. 21, will provide an opportunity to discuss “why we value music” and will include “break-out sessions for students and parents” according to Dengler.
A professional will be on hand to offer ideas.
“This is what [these students] are going to remember,” said Dengler, pointing to the stage.
“We have to open more doors to possibilities.”
A Northwestern graduate, Dengler played with the band and went on to play with the Blue Band at Penn State.
Three of his children played with the marching band.
In preparation for the concert, band members met at 6:30 a.m. to practice their pieces.
“It wasn’t enjoyable, but it was worth it,” said Molly Crawford.
The audience couldn’t agree more.