Band spreads cheer

Last Friday the Sweetwater High School Band completed a whirlwind tour of five campuses in six hours, performing at Sweetwater Intermediate School, J.P. Cowen Early Childhood Center, East Ridge Elementary School, Southeast Elementary School and Sweetwater Middle School. The band performed for over 2000 students.The band performed a variety of holiday favorites, including Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. “It was so neat watching the little kids faces when they heard the crack of a whip or the horse whinny,” commented junior baritone soloist Laura Duclos. The band also featured sophomore saxophonist soloist Chase Scott in the classic ballad, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Each section of the band was also featured, performing themes from the Nutcracker, Pirates of the Caribbean, In the Mood, Turkey in the Straw and Themes from Sesame Street.“My favorite part was when we went into the audiences and brought up volunteers to conduct the band,” added freshman percussionist, Leah Warren. The “guest conductors” led the band in their parade song, Fanfare to Joy to the World. The band also performed a sing-along medley of such favorites as Jingle Bells, O Come All Ye Faithful, Hark the Herald, Silent Night, Deck the Halls and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. They closed to a percussion-driven rendition of “What Child is This?” which included solos by Stephen Shipp, Annie Lansford, Briana Rosas and Chase Scott.The band was conducted by Ross Grant, and expertly assisted by Bonnie Walters.All SISD Bands will be presenting their winter holiday concert this Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. in the SHS Auditorium. Admission is free. Also, beginning at 1:30 p.m. will be the Band Booster Club's annual silent auction benefitting the bands. Many items will be available at the auction and all proceeds go towards scholarships and trips taken by the band, as well as many other needs of Sweetwater school bands.