The seventh and eighth grade band performs at the winter band concert.

On Monday, December 19, the Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School students performed for their annual winter band concert. The fifth grade opened the concert with a variety of music, which was followed by the sixth grade students performing. The combined efforts of the seventh and eighth grades finished the concert.

The concert began with the fifth graders playing “Listen to Our Sections” and “A Mozart Melody,” followed by the French nursery rhyme “Frère Jacques.” They played in separate parts for the song “Old MacDonald Had a Band,” and played together for “Ode to Joy.”  They played the song “Hard Rock Blues” before ending their segment on a festive note with “Jingle Bells.”

“We did pretty well for our first year,” Evan Bletscher commented. 

The fifth grade’s incredible performance was followed up by the sixth-grade band. After warming up, they started with a fun song titled “Donut Factory,” which was followed by “Amazing Grace,” and “Rock This Band!” by Robert Sheldon. To boost the Christmas spirit, they wrapped up with “Up on the Housetop” and “Jolly Old St. Nick.” 

Finally, after their warm-ups, the seventh and eighth grade musicians performed the peppy “School Spirit,” which was followed by the next selection, “Extremis” by Randall D. Standridge. The students then played the eruptive and entertaining song “Volcano!” and ended the night with the timely holiday classic “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” 

“All of our hard work paid off,” said Alex Burkitt, “and we did really well.”

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