by Cleveland Clinton, Music Director for Re-1
WALSENBURG- All the music students did a wonderful job on Thurs. Dec. 18! There is no doubt that each of the General Music classes have improved significantly since our start in August. With the second graders learning about American Sign Language, they soothed parents with the singing and signing of “Silent Night.” The 3rd grade singers/recorders wowed the parents with their own composition entitled “Santa’s Elves Are Here.” The 4th grade performed a great arrangement of “Christmas Chopsticks” on xylophones. With the collaboration of the 5th grade general music students, they created and sang the song “”Old Mr. Clinton Had a Band.” 6th grade performed “Hark! The Herald Angels Sings” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain” on hand chimes. The 7th grade percussion ensemble performed a bangin’ beat for the parents entitled “A-Tinez.”
The 4th grade beginning band took a huge step forward, and continues to make great progress in all aspects of the program. I was very proud of the 5th-7th grade Band’s musicianship that was displayed during the concert. Their musicality exceeded the expectations of many of our spectators this evening–and that is all you! The high school Band got a “Standing O” this evening! Kudos to you, for a job well done on your first concert of the year! Outstanding! Outstanding! Outstanding! I couldn’t be any more proud of the hard work that ALL of the instrumental ensembles displayed tonight!
While it may seem like a repetitive process and sometimes “boring”–that hard work paid off, and continues to pay off. When adults who are experienced, and in many cases, not always as experienced as you are in music–come up to us and say “Wow, that sounded great!” says a lot about how you do things! This area is really starting to kick off and go in the right direction! Thank you students!
Let’s continue to build on this great experience tonight, and show off how much more we are going to exceed our expectations for this upcoming new year. Thank you parents, administration and the many spectators that came out to support all programs tonight. Parents, continue to encourage your students to practice outside of school. Without that extra mile, our kids wouldn’t be able to sound as good as they did this evening.
As always, we in the music department are in need of music instruments, money for repairs, music, field trips and just about anything else you can think of. If you want to donate money or have old instruments just collecting dust, please contact the Music Director, Mr. Clinton at 719-738-1520 or firstname.lastname@example.org