A Joyful Noise

By Kelsey Kirkendall

Originally Published: December 13, 2012

Lights glittered off the instruments as sixth graders sat in nervous anticipation for the beginning of Temple’s Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 2, 2012. As the lights dimmed, the audience fell into a hushed silence, and the first strains of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” drifted across the auditorium.

This year’s band concert featured such popular songs as “Cantique De Noel” and “Carol of the Bells” by the junior high band as well as “An Irving Berlin Christmas” and “The Nutcracker Suite” by Temple’s high school band.

“Honestly, I thought we’ve played our songs better,” said Kara Brown, a member of the high school band. “I think our nerves got to us, but I think we did well over all.”

Mr. Crites, Temple’s band director, says that he thinks all the bands did well, considering the limited amount of time that they had to get ready after their fall concert. He also said, “Expect great things for our next [spring] concert.”

The choir portion of the evening began with multicolored flashlights shining in the darkness as sixth graders sang “Holiday Lights” followed by “Carol of the Bells”. The seventh and eighth grade choir sang “Christmas Lullaby” while accompanied by flautists Madelyn Crawford, Kayla Mueller, and Brittany Swartz. They closed with “Ding Dong Merrily on High”. The high school choir completed the evening with four well-known Christmas songs, including “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Mary Did You Know?”.

“I think we did really well. I mean, I could hear all of our parts blend really well,” said Adrienna Engle, a sophomore in the high school choir.

When asked how the choir portion of the evening went, TCS choir director Mrs. Carol Burton said that she thought it went very well and that she was very pleased. “Overall, I saw a lot of improvement in the seventh and eighth graders from the beginning of the year. I thought we had a good variety, and I think the students all came together well.” One thing she plans to work on for the spring concert, however, is facial expression.

The evening was not just an opportunity for students to perform the selections which they had practiced in band and music classes. More importantly, the concert gave Temple families a chance to come together and celebrate the true meaning of the season through Christmas music.