Licking School Christmas Concerts

Christmas Music Fills the Air
 By Christy Porter,
Managing Editor

  Thursday evening, Dec. 6 the Licking High School gym was filled with the sound of Christmas music as the Licking High School and Junior High School students performed their 2018 Winter Band and Choir concert.
  From the timeless traditional, to traditional with a twist (peppermint twist), to the ethnical, the choir and bands performed to an audience that filled the seats and enhanced the Christmas spirit for young and old alike.
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The months of practice succeeded in a well-performed repertoire of traditional Christmas songs by the Junior High band.

  The Junior High Band showed enthusiasm for such favorites as “Jolly Old Sleigh Ride,” “Up on the Housetop,” “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish you a Merry Christmas.” The percussionists moved from instrument to instrument with versatility. The entire performance conducted by Roger Payne was well done and prompted one to sing along with the seasonal greetings.

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Showing an incredible versatility, the Licking High School Choir directed by Briana Link entertained the audience during their performance.
  Accompanied by Dianne Carter on piano, and under the direction of Briana Link, the school choir presented an outstanding trio production. “I Dream A World” led the performance. Requiring position changes and vocal layering, they proceeded with “Ding-A Ding-a Ding.” Their execution of a cappella singing included vocalized musical bells and was enthralling. Following another positional change and with the accompaniment of a drum, they then performed “Betelehemu, a Nigerian Christmas Carol.” A beautiful rendition began with a chant, which had the choir, and perhaps some in the audience, keeping the beat.

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The Licking High School Band performed beautifully at the Christmas Concert Thursday  (Dec. 6) evening.
   According to Roger Payne, Director, practice, hard work and perseverance by the High School Band has been part of a busy season. For concert attendees, it certainly provided an exceptional holiday rendition. The band’s first number was “A Christmas Flourish,” a delightful arrangement of carols. “Angels in the Bleak Midwinter” truly emphasized the wind instruments. The finale, “A Christmas Festival,” described as concert music with a pop quality, was delightful and seasonally all-encompassing.
  “I love working with the students; they have worked hard,” says Payne.
  The reception from the audience indicated that the hard work had definitely produced an outstanding Winter Concert this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

2018 Licking Elementary School Concert
By Scott Hamilton,

  Friday evening, Dec. 7, Licking Elementary School held their annual holiday concert. The gym was filled to capacity along with a large number of parents and members of the community standing at the back of the gym.
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Wildcat Early Learning Center directed by Mrs. Clonts & Ms. Todd.
   The Wildcat Early Learning Center, under the direction of Mrs. Clonts and Ms. Todd, opened the evening with three songs, along with hand motions and props. “Jingle Bells” was accompanied by several students ringing bells. During “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” students wore flashing red noses and appeared to be having a great time. The performance ended with “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

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Licking Kindergarten and first grade directed by Mrs. Link.
 Kindergarten and first grade students took the stage next. Mrs. Link directed the choir and was assisted by kindergarten teachers Mrs. Colvin, Mrs. Hebblethwaite and Mrs. Whitaker, and first grade teachers Mrs. Buehlmann, Ms. Case and Ms. Taylor.
  Student Kyler Southworth introduced the first song, “Old MacDonald has a farm. That’s where he spends his holiday. Old Saint Nick, on the other hand, spends Christmas in his sleigh!” The students joined in singing “Old Saint Nick, He Had A Sleigh” to the tune of Old MacDonald.
  “We need a little help this time, so join us if you can. No B! I! N! G! O! you know, just us and Santa Man!” stated student Joci Floyd, encouraging audience participation in the second song. “S! A! N! T! A!” was sung to the tune of “B! I! N! G! O!”
  The kindergarten and first grade concert ended with “The Snowman on the Lawn” sung to the tune of “The Farmer In The Dell,” and introduced by Nathan Umfleet. “Who is that standing in the snow, cold and round and fat? It looks like a snowman smiling at me, and wearing my dad’s favorite hat!”

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Licking second and third grade directed by Mrs. Link.
  The second and third grade classes were directed by Mrs. Link with the assistance of second grade teachers Mrs. Hart, Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Moncrief, and third grade teachers Mrs. Baker, Ms. Builta and Mr. DeVenuto. They were the largest of the three groups.
  “I can hardly wait for Christmas Eve, when Santa loads his sleigh and makes his trip around the world, for this wonderful holiday,” said student Paxton Keeney in introduction to “He’ll Be Comin’ From the North Pole.” The choir sang to the tune of “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain.”
  “Every year we trim our tree up with brightly colored lights, but take a look and you will see, our tree is a pitiful sight!” Evan Crow announced, introducing “O Christmas Tree.” This was not the song you would expect, but rather a rendition sung to the original tune, with satirical lyrics speaking about the death, decay, and danger of a live Christmas tree in the house, and ending with an artificial tree. The audience enjoyed the song.  
  The concert ended with a very challenging number. Second grader Kimree Brazier introduced her class, “Take me out in the snow storm, where I can hardly see. Let it blow all around. A blizzard just for me!” Third grader Zoen Tillery introduced his class, “Let me know when the whole thing is over. Let me know when the weather has cleared. I prefer my ground filled with clover. Let me know when springtime is here!” The second grade sang about loving to play in the snow while the third grade wanted to stay inside in “Take Me Out In A Snowstorm.” The final verse was sung in unison with each class singing different words to the tune of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.”



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