Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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December 3, 2013

Holiday concerts let students shine


Close to 100 St. Louis School kindergartners through second-graders will present “The First Christmas” Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in the activity center. Music teacher Christy Kushman believes, “There is nothing quite like hearing the Christmas story told by young children. Our students really love to sing, and do so very well!” Teachers of those grades plus special area teachers assist with rehearsals.

The Sunman-Dearborn Middle School band holiday concert will take place Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the ECHS Performing Arts Center. Area residents are invited to attend “to share in the accomplishments” of a whopping 240 students in the seventh- and eight-grade concert/explorer, jazz and advanced bands, according to band director Perry Ralenkotter. “This will be the first concert for our beginners. The advanced and jazz bands will perform some very demanding literature.” Ralenkotter will be assisted by ECHS director of bands David Pallada.

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, back-to-back Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate School shows will delight. Three-hundred fifth-graders perform at 6 p.m. and 300 sixth-graders at 7 p.m. at the ECHS Performing Arts Center, says music teacher Jeannie Herman. New this year are Trash Can Junkies from each grade level, who will entertain using the cans as instruments, very similar to the musical “Stomp.” The 60-member SDIS Choir will sing three tunes and 35 EC Mini-Dancers will perform one or two numbers.

The St. Louis School band, strings and choir concert features about 40 students from all grades who participate in various ensembles. It is slated for Monday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. in the activity center and will offer “great music that will put you in the holiday spirit, performed by some of our area’s youngest performers.” Kushman points out, “Students who did not know an instrument when school started will be displaying what they have learned in the beginning band. Older band students and the choir will present favorite tunes as well as some you might not have heard before.” Strings director Christine Prindle also is involved.

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