The holidays are always something to look forward to for many people; the feeling of Christmas being right around the corner excites many. It’s the time when many start putting up their Christmas lights, shopping for gifts, and even getting into the Christmas feel with some cocoa and Christmas tunes. So what a better way than to kick off the season at CMHS with our very own band, Sounds of the Season holiday concert. Thursday, December 4th was the day of the concert and band had been preparing for this event for weeks prior. As for this occasion the different levels of band were to perform, and surely each student was eager to perform in the new performing arts center for this event. Our advanced band prepared with energetic rehearsals that began at 6:45 am, zero period, until the end of first period. Each rehearsal was full of dedication and commitment. Many students took it upon them to even practice during their own free time outside of school.
For this occasion, our different levels of band had prepared many different holiday tunes from the famous African Bell Carol to the lively spirit of Sleigh Ride. During the advanced band performance, there was much commotion as for our advance band had prepared many details and performances to include during their performance.
The advanced band performance included arrangements of the following songs; Christmas Concerto, Let it Go, Night before Christmas (not to be confused with the Nightmare before Christmas), Sleigh Ride and of course the marching band field show music. For each performance, the band had many different details to add. For the performance of the Night before Christmas, the band was accompanied by CMMS principal, Mr. Olguin, and his narration that accompanied the piece. Using Night before Christmas as a background track, he told the classic story of T’was the Night before Christmas, leaving one to just need a soft couch and a hot chocolate to settle with a perfect Christmas night. The advanced band also has a couple traditions for this event, in which each student always looks forward. One is the very exciting accompaniment of past alumni who join the band to perform the last song together, Sleigh Ride, a song played by every generation and cherished by all. A part of this tradition also included a unique Gilboe family tradition. Band director, Mrs. Gilboe, invites her son, Remmey, to help conduct the band for that very song. These traditions are details that many look forward to as it brings excitement and joy; past alumni with current students join in harmony to play the joyful tune, and a Gilboe family touch. It’s an important tradition to the Marching band as putting the star on a Christmas tree is to everyone. Remmey has helped Mrs. Gilboe conduct this tune since he was one year old, and the tradition strongly continues.
Surely this concert is one of the many touching and fun traditions that CMHS performing arts groups hold each year. Many family members and fellow students have the opportunity to gather and enjoy the various groups harmonize to bring amazing tunes to listen too. This event was one whom many enjoyed from the seats and which we even had the pleasure to enjoy from the stage, participating. So come along and be a part of the Marching Band family traditions and experience the joy we feel, celebrating Christmas with every family in our hearts.