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Royster music programs lead off holiday concerts

Posted Date: 11/30/2018

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The holiday concerts by students in Chanute Public Schools will begin next with performances by Royster Middle School vocal and band students and Chanute Elementary second and third graders.

Beginning on Monday, the Royster Middle School Bands under the direction of Jan Rogers will perform at 7 p.m. in the CHS auditorium.

The sixth grade band will play three songs, including A Christmas Fanfare by Randall D. Standridge,

Jingle Bells on the Housetop by McClard and Trew, and First Holiday Concert arranged by John O’Reilly.

The RMS Concert Band, comprised of seventh and eighth graders, will also play three pieces, including Welcome Christmas, arranged by Douglas E. Wagner, Believe by Ballard and Silvestri and arranged by Michael Story, and A Christmas Trilogy, arranged by Eric Osterling.

On Tuesday, the Royster Middle School vocalists will take the stage at Chanute Memorial Auditorium with a celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the world famous Christmas classic, Silent Night. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

A variety of music from the winter season will be performed, such as Deck the Hall, The Night Before Christmas, Sleigh Ride and You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch!

This year, vocal music director Lance Burnett will present two new choirs, the Royster Men and Royster Women. Each choir of seventh and eighth graders will perform their own songs.

The show will close with a finale performed by all the vocal students and followed by an audience sing-a-long of Silent Night.

On Thursday, Chanute Elementary second and third grade classes will perform a variety of Thanksgiving, Christmas and winter music.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Chanute Memorial Auditorium, following the Main Street Christmas Parade.

“We encourage people to go enjoy the Christmas parade and then stop by Memorial Auditorium to get warmed up and enjoy some music,” said vocal music teacher Mendy Burnett, who will direct the 250 elementary students along with vocal teacher Ryan Bearrick.

“The students have been working hard to prepare a gift in song for the community,” she said. Some classes will be using instruments, while others will sing in two-part harmony or use sign language. Among the selections are A Gift for Santa, I'm Grateful, Peaceful Night and more.

The concert will last less than an hour. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., after the Christmas parade. 

The CHS Vocal Music Concert will perform on Dec. 10, and the CHS Winter Band Concert will be one week later on Dec. 17.

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