News News Stories — 17 December 2014
News: Band, choir to perform winter concert

This year, Rock Creek’s choir and band holiday concert will be held on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.

The time of the concert was a thought that had to be taken much into consideration among the students and the directors. The holiday concert will be the last event that the choir and band will perform at the end of the year, so the directors and most students take it very seriously.

“Considering it’s the day before the last day of school before Christmas Break, I don’t really like it,” Chitwood said. “That’s when I could be at home studying for finals that I have the next day.”

The band will perform first that night and the choir performance will follow. The band, under the direction of teacher Nathan Craft, will perform five iconic holiday pieces, along with a small integration at some point by the Jazz Band.

“I feel that, this year, everything is going really well,” Craft said. “The band is doing great.”

The band will perform the pieces, “Christmas Time is Here (from a Charlie Brown Christmas),” “White Christmas,” “Coventry Carol,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Ukrainian Bell Carol,” but an order of the songs has not yet been set.

From the time that the band members were given the music, they have had time to work on it, but still some students have some worries.

“There is part of ‘Sleigh Ride’ that I don’t know that I’m worried about,” freshman band member Dylan Chitwood said. “I don’t want to mess up and mess up everybody else.”

The choir will perform after the band. The choir will be under the direction of director Todd Walters, as well as senior choir members. The seniors will do the job of introducing the songs and giving some insight to them as well.

“I tried to match it [the music] with what our abilities were, and I looked for things that were within our range, things that went together well and things that I liked,” Walters said.

The choir will also perform five songs at the concert. Then, following the whole choir performance, a performance by mixed ensemble will follow.

The songs that will be performed by the choir are, “Deck the Halls in 7/8 Time,” “Under Winter Moon,” “Extraordinary Merry Christmas” from the television series Glee, “Bidi Bom” and “Everywhere Christmas Tonight.”

“I think this concert has more songs that I like,” senior choir student Bethany Goehring said. “More radio songs and more church gospel songs.”

Article and photo by Natalie Lindsey, Staff Member

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