Students in Lehighton Area School District performed in a district wide music concert Wednesday at the Lehighton Area Middle School.
While each group performed their musical selections to the best of their ability, it was the High School Jazz Band who deserved a "wow" for their performance of "Vehicle." The jazz music ripped through the auditorium. The auditorium was filled to capacity, with a few people finding standing room only space in the back of the room. The Jazz Band also played "Someone to Watch Over Me." The high school Jazz Band is directed by Bryan Buffington. Performing a solo with the Jazz Band was Kristen Campbell.
Because March is Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM), this is the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.
MIOSM began as a single statewide celebration in 1973, and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then in 1985 to become a month long celebration of school music. MIOSM raises awareness of the importance of music education for all children and reminds citizens that school is where all children should have access to music.
Lehighton music teachers use MIOSM to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community and to display the benefits school music brings to students of all ages.
Students in the elementary, middle, and high schools were featured in the program.
The elementary students at Franklin School, under the direction of Susan Stufflet, performed two songs, "When the Saints Go Marching In," and "God Bless America," using chimes and also sang "God Bless U.S.A." and the elementary students at Shull David sang one song, "Peaceful" and then several students accompanied the chorus by playing "bushwhackers" to sing, "Whacky Do Re Mi" during their time on stage.
The Treble Chorale is made up of students from the fifth and sixth grade chorus and directed by Thomas Weidner.
This treble ensemble sang "Do-Re-Mi," a selection from "The Sound of Music" and "Grant Us Peace," a traditional piece.
The Choraliers, a mixed ensemble comprised of seventh and eighth grade students, under the direction of Laura Welkey, sang "I Heard a Bird Sing" and "Spring," which were written by Rory Lipkis, a talented eighth grade student at Moravian Academy. He wrote the songs last year. Performing with the Choraliers were soloists Abigail Applegate, Mikayla Blakeslee and Emily Corza.
The Lehighton High School Concert Choir sang three selections, "Festival Sanctus," "Babethandaza," and "In Our Children's Eyes." The group is directed by David Perkins and accompanied by Rebecca Hoffner, Elyse Kistler, and Schyler Cordova.
The up and coming Middle School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Thomas Weidner, performed, "Sentimental Journey," and "Oye Como Va."
Perkins announced that there will be several middle school and high school spring concerts in May beginning May 4, with the Middle School concert at 7 p.m.