Students in classes at the Lehighton Area Middle School and Lehighton Area High School performed in a music concert Wednesday at the Lehighton Area Middle School.
Performing first was the fifth and sixth grade chorus singing, "Slumber Song," and "Boomwhacker Boogie." under the direction of Thomas Weidner, director. Calvin Maholick was at the piano and Daniel Devitt, Joshua Pickerin and Jaden Scherer were the instrumentalists.
Following that group was the Lehighton Area Middle School Jazz Ensemble, also under the direction of Weidner. They performed "Blues Machine," with Cera Gaston on trombone and Dane Frantz on baritone saxophone. Their second selection was "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," with Eliza Asmann on trumpet.
The seventh and eighth grade Choraliers, under the direction of Laura Welkey, director performed "And This Shall Be For Music," with Elise Johnson as accompanist. Their second selection was "Rise Up and Sing."
"Birdland," was the selection by the Lehighton Area High School Jazz Band followed by "Feels So Good." Avery Frohnheiser was a trumpet soloist. Bryan Buffington, director, was in charge of the group.
The Lehighton Area High School Concert Choir performed three selections, "Because We Sing," "A Jubilant Song," and "I Hear America Singing." Elyse Kistler and Noah Williams were accompanists.
Each group performed their musical selections to the best of their ability, but it was the combined choral group of grands five through 12 who deserved a "wow" for their performance of "Of Thee I Sing." when 300 students were on stage for the final performance of the evening. Emily Cerimele was the accompanist.
March is Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) so 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.