Band and choir prepare for upcoming winter concert, hope to delight audiences

Now that the Thanksgiving season is over and the winter holiday season is just around the corner, the Matador choir and band are bringing holiday music to the annual winter concert on Dec 13. The concert will be featuring advanced choir, beginning choir, novice band, concert band, and advanced band. The concert costs $2 per person and there is going to be pizza, salad, and beverages for $3.

Choir teacher Cecilia Revilla explained how beginning and advanced choir will be covering holiday songs at the winter concert. Advanced choir will also be performing Pacem Noel alongside the advanced band.   

“I am super excited because we still have a week and half to go,” Revilla said. “I feel it [is] going to be more beautiful when the audience hears the sound the choir students will produce in the winter concert.”

Unfortunately, Revilla would not reveal the holiday songs for her choir students just yet. On the contrary, band teacher Tammy Cognetta said that her students will be performing different styles of songs at the concert.  

“One piece that people will recognize is the original tune from the electrical parade at Disneyland called ‘Baroque Hoedown,’” Cognetta said. “That’s a fun piece. The other band is also performing a number of holiday music [pieces] with different styles such as, jazzy style, march style, and about as many different ways to play christmas music as possible.”  

The novice band will be performing Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, Christmas Time March, and A Christmas Proclamation. The concert band will be playing King of Swing, Coventry Carol, Brazilian Sleigh Bells, and Reindeer Raq. The advanced band will be playing, Good King Wenceslas, Candlelight Carol, Baroque Hoedown, and Pacem Noel.

Congetta also wanted to announce that the band is going to have an opportunity drawing at the concert where they will select one person to win tickets to the city of Rosemead Parade on Jan. 1.

“They will win a chance for four fantastic seats for the Rosemead Parade,” said Cognetta. “They are worth like $100 each, so the value [is] $400 for those four tickets, so it’s really a good thing.”

The concert will be in in the auditorium, starting at 7:00 p.m. and ending around 8:30 p.m.  

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