Students at Clarence Cannon Elementary School helped usher in the holiday season with their annual Christmas Concert on Dec.12.
“The theme of this year’s concert was ‘Lights, Camera, Christmas’,” said Jenny-Lynn Heras, Elementary Music Teacher. “We had almost 300 children participate and we started working back in October.”
Heras said that she practiced with each grade once a week right up until the day of the concert with additional weekly practices built in for The Treble Makers, an audition group of fourth through sixth grade students that practices once a week on Fridays before school.
This year’s concert also featured drummers made up of a select group of sixth grade Treble Makers who came in to practice an extra morning each week during the three weeks leading up to the concert.
The drum ensemble performed during the sixth grade songs “One to Four” and “Look Up”.
Other songs included “Glo-glo-glorious”, performed by all students, “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, performed by the Kindergarten, and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”, performed by the first graders.
The songs “All I Want Is…Nuttin’” and “Mele Kalikimaka” were performed by the second and third graders, respectively.
They were followed by The Treble Makers who performed “Winter Wonderland” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, as well as the very moving number “Like Diamonds In the Night”, which was performed with the assistance of all grade levels.
“The children persevered through sickness, worked really hard and did a great job,” said Heras. “The elementary teachers were a big help, as was Tom Spears who helped with the sound system.”
Spears, who is the band and choir director, said the concert was the product of lots of hard rehearsal time on the part of the students and he had great fun watching them come together as a unit.
“I thought it was a fantastic performance overall and all the kids did a really good job singing,” said Spears. “They all knew what they were supposed to do and where they were supposed to be. I thought it went off perfectly.”
Heras also thought all of the children did a super job and said she has heard nothing but good comments from members of the community, school faculty and parents.
“We are very fortunate to have the most energetic and passionate elementary music teacher I’ve ever known,” said Toni Wankel, Clarence Cannon Elementary Principal. “Our students are lucky to have her and they should be very thankful. Parents may not realize how much work she puts into it and how dedicated she is, but she absolutely shines and she gets the kids so excited about music, singing and performing. We really appreciate her.”
Heras, who herself persevered through illness in order to make this year’s concert a success, is already thinking about next Christmas.
“I’m looking forward to another great program next year,” said Heras.