It`s the last day before Christmas vacation, and focusing on school work is far from anyone`s mind. The only thing anyone is focusing on is the stress free break ahead. However, the WMHS music department hoped to make this day a little more enjoyable. They decided to perform their annual Winter Fest Concert. In the hopes to boost more spirits, those attending the concert were eligible to win Taylor Swift tickets. The tickets were a mere $2, which made people even more eager to attend.
The concert began with the WMHS Tanner Drumline. This talented group of 23 showcase their skill at percussion and rhythm. Their flawless performance is from the constant once a week practice, in order to make their routine perfect. The drumline is clearly a talented bunch that undoubtedly amazed the audience.
Next up was WMHS A Cappella Choir. This group sings with no instrument besides their voice. They practice every week in order to perfect their sound. This chorus consists of four part harmonies that sing advanced pieces. The music in their performance ranged from Christmas carols that everyone knows, such as “Joy to the World” and “We Three Kings of Orient Are”, to more complex music. Some of this difficult music included, the soft ballot “The Holly and the Ivy” and the infamous “Carol of the Bells”. The variety of repertoire proves the capability of these young talented singers. One of the members of A Cappella Choir, David Kisiel, commented on the performance.
“I feel we were really prepared. I believe we put on a good show and performed to our full potential,” said Kisiel.
A smooth transition from singing to instruments took place as the A Cappella Choir was replaced by the WMHS Concert Band. The band consists of over ten instruments which leads to the lovely sound they create. The band played beautiful pieces and even surprised the audience by playing “The Polar Express Theme” which was perfect for the holiday season. Band is an elective students can take for school so they practice every day. The dedication and intense practices are rewarded with this beautiful performance.
Another group that performed was the Jazz Band. They are a special selected group of talented musicians that play music that is more complex, similar to A Cappella Choir. Their jazz music is effortlessly played and will leave you tapping your feet for more.Memember Chris Connolly was proud of the jazz bands performance.
“I think we played pretty well for our first performance. It was good practice for our upcoming competitions,” said Connolly.
Another special selected group that performed was the Northeastern District Chorus Singers. These singers audition for a special chorus, the Northeastern District Chorus. However, only a selected few get the privilege to be accepted into this prestigious group. This group shows their talent in the song “I Know a Young Maiden Wonderous Fair.” These respected singers certainly wowed the audience.
Lastly, the WMHS Chorus closed out the show. Just like the band, the chorus is an elective students can take. Their dedication to achieve a flawless performance certainly pays off. Their sound is impeccable and they sing songs that get your spirits going. They even sang some songs you know by heart, like “Grown Up Christmas List” and “I`ll Be Home for Christmas”. However, they add their own unique twist to these classics. Their performance is certainly one to be remembered.