It was Christmas time in the city as Eminence students sang and performed various Christmas arrangements. Approximately one hundred parents, students, and community members attended the concert. Elementary students went first, singing “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” They were followed by the 6th grade band, 7th and 8th grade band, and lastly the high school band who all performed various arrangements ranging from “Jingle Bells” to “Ukrainian Bell Carol.”
As with all things, challenges arise. Finding good quality music that would challenge the students was one of Mr. Moody’s focuses for the concert. “I felt the show went really well,” Matt Moody, music teacher and band director stated, “It went exactly as I suspected. There are always possibilities for mistakes but the one thing these students are good at is making sure they keep going. These students continue to exceed my expectations. This is what makes my job so exciting.” Students had been practicing for the concert since mid-September. Mr. Moody also noted that there isn’t always time to prepare, but he wanted to start early this year to make sure everyone was ready.
When asked what Mr. Moody’s favorite part of the concert was, he replied, “Everything! Putting together a concert is always an exciting time for me. When we finally get to perform what we have been working on, it gets even more exciting. Parents really enjoyed the concert and I love how much the community really supports the music program.”