If you listen, you can hear the sounds of the holidays all around, and that will be especially true for parents, students and patrons who attend the Sedalia School District 200 instrumental music concert tonight.
In a program that will feature traditional Christmas classics along with a few new twists, perhaps the biggest new take on holiday music will not be an individual song played but the manner in which one selection will be performed.
For the first time in several years, students from the fifth grade though the high school band members will play together to close the concert by performing “Ode to Joy,” a movement from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
“We thought it was important for the whole band to see the direction we are going in,” said Grant Maledy, band director at Smith-Cotton High School. “It’s a great opportunity for the upper students to work with and help the younger students have an understanding of what is expected from the members as they are older.
We also have several parents who have students at different grade levels in our instrumental program,” Maledy added. “We thought this was a way that they could spend one evening enjoying all the bands rather than having to go to multiple concerts at different schools.”
The concert will feature the fifth and sixth grade bands, combined seventh and eighth grade symphonic band and the high school band, which includes students in grades nine through 12. The S-C Jazz Band will also perform between each individual band’s selections.
With 246 students who are participating in the band program this year, the department is continuing to grow, according to Smith-Cotton Junior High Director Stephen Broadbent.
“We are a much larger group than we have been in the past few years,” Broadbent said. “We keep continuing to grow, which is always a good thing.”
With musical selections including “Mozart at the North Pole,” “Santa’s Grotto” and “Sleigh Ride,” there will be something for everyone to enjoy, both Broadbent and Maledy said.
Guests at the concert will also have their sweet tooth tempted with a silent pie and desert auction. Proceeds from the auction will go to the band’s general fund.
“We’re really looking forward to the concert and especially the combined performance,” Broadbent said. “’Ode to Joy’ is just a perfect piece about brotherhood and unity throughout the planet and it’s just a wonderful way to help spread some holiday goodwill.”
The Instrumental Music Concert will be at 7 p.m. tonight at the Heckart Performing Arts Center at Smith-Cotton High School. The concert is free and open to the public.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484