Band Christmas Concert Held Special Meaning This Year

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Under the direction of Tracey Filben, Director of Bands, the Steel Drum and Concert Bands performed their annual Christmas Concert.

The 14-member Steel Drum Band started the concert with three well-known Christmas tunes that were arranged specifically for the steel drums by the talented arranger Josh Garrett.

The Concert Band played several traditional Christmas songs and ended with the difficult piece, “A Hanukkah Festival,” which featured a clarinet solo performed by Junior Paige Wallace. This song holds special meaning for the band because after visiting the Holocaust Museum this past April, the students have been learning more about the Holocaust and Jewish holidays and traditions. JM Counselor Marilyn Wehrheim, who travelled to Poland in 2014, talked with the band members about seeing the concentration camps, and Barb Lewine, from Classrooms without Borders, taught the students about Hanukkah.

In November, the entire school was honored to hear Marion Blumenthal Lazan, one of the last living Holocaust survivors, discuss her horrific experiences living in a concentration camp as a young child. “We were so lucky to have her come speak to our entire school. The students here can tell you how moved they were to hear Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s story,” Filben said to the crowd when she introduced the final song of the concert.

Steel Drum Band

Click on the video to hear a song from the Christmas Concert.

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Concert Band

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