Students host holiday concert

Published 9:20 pm Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Troy City Schools will showcase the talents of the art, music and theater students in grades K-12 at 7 p.m. Monday at the Charles Henderson High School gymnasium. Amanda Ford, CHHS band director, said all of the students involved in the Troy City Schools fine arts programs will be involved.

“All of the students will be on the gym floor at the same time, and that is a sight to behold,” Ford said. “This will be our second annual event and we are calling it ‘Christmas Extravaganza.’ Last year’s event was very successful and we expect this one to be just as tremendous.”

The performing groups from the music department include the Troy Elementary School fifth-grade choir and Orff ensemble, the middle school beginning and intermediate bands, the middle school brass ensemble, chorus and advanced band, the high school concert band, flute choir, jazz band and vocal ensemble.

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“We’ll also have a combined percussion ensemble from the middle and high schools that is really rocking,” Ford said. “They will be very entertaining.”

Ford said the music will offer something for everyone – American music, traditional, secular, religious, silly, even sad.

“The music will be fun and inspiring,” she said. “The students in the high school theater department we be the emcees … and will perform a skit,” Ford said. “The art department will have art work on display in the lobby.”

And there will be a couple of special performances by Troy City Schools Superintendent Linda Felton-Smith and the principals from Troy Elementary and Charles Henderson Middle schools.

“Dr. Felton will recite a famous poem to music and that will be inspiring,” Ford said. “Mr. (Geoffrey) Spann is a great musician and Mr. (Chresal) Threadgill has style, so you can bet it will be good.”

In addition to the fantastic night of entertainment, organizers also will auction a framed, official Troy University football jersey autographed by Coach Larry Blakeney. Bids will be accepted in person between noon and 6:30 p.m. Monday at Charles Henderson High School or by calling Patricia Jackson at 334-372-2162.

The Troy University jersey fundraiser will benefit the Charles Henderson High School Band Foundation.

“We are very fortunate to be able to offer a jersey signed by Coach Larry Blakeney, who is the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year,” Ford said. “It is beautifully framed and will makew a great Christmas gift.”

Nisha Weeks, coordinator of the auction, said the minimum bid is $100.

There is no charge for the Christmas Extravaganza, but each family attending is encouraged to contribute at least one nonperishable food item to assist food banks.