The theme was "Home for the Holidays!" We traveled to Africa, Israel, and Spain before ending with "Home."
*We began with "Funga Alafia," an African welcome song with choreography. I added in congas and claves. The chorus members loved this song, it's easy, and it's a great way to get the concert started!
*Next was "Bidi Bom" by David Eddleman, a fun Israeli piece that gets faster and faster!
*Next was a neat arrangement of Feliz Navidad, called "Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad" from Music K-8. Great 2-part song with original melody.
*We ended with "Home," recorded by Phil Phillips on American Idol. I like doing one song that students know and love. Plus, we got a high school student to play guitar! There may have been some tears!
I loved this concert theme- there are so many repertoire options and opportunities to learn about different cultures!
I also realized how easy, and important, it can be to involve older students in performances. It's a great way to connect the district, give students performance experience, and expose younger students to a musical role model. Definitely something to keep in mind!
|We made the concert festive with a backdrop made by our art teacher, lights, and poinsettias!|
|Miss Dye, the band teacher, and me, feeling great post-concert!|