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The magic of holiday cheer brings life into holiday band concert

LHS Music Department presents a concert that will leave you feeling merry and bright with performances by Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Lab.
Kristen Sweet
The Jazz Lab follows the Concert Bands opening performance by starting their showcase with an amazing performance of “Whirly Bird” a class favorite. The musicians were excited going into this concert so they could show their friends and family all of the progress they have made in their musical careers.

LHS hosts another successful holiday concert for Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Lab, and Jazz Ensemble, leaving the audience astonished. 


Concert Band members take their seats and prepare to open the concert with “Into the Clouds” by Richard L. Saucedo. This opening piece left the audience wanting more. Photo by Kelsey Sweet


It is no shock to the Music Department that the musicians’ directors are proud. Ms. Emily Dawson is loved by the students at LHS, and she loves supporting her students through their journeys of music. Jazz Band and Concert Band students left her feeling proud. 

“I love seeing the quick progression of students’ growth,” Dawson said. “Especially seeing Jazz Lab progress over 3 months after picking up material is an amazing thing to watch.”


Emily Dawson proudly cheers on the Jazz Lab performers after their closing song, “Fowl Play”. The students were taken back after being able to perform this piece at their first concert of the holiday (Kelsey Sweet )

Dawson can see all the noticeable progress bands have made. She often acknowledges the fact that putting on concerts is not easy. 

“Incoming freshmen, people picking up new instruments, and people just wanting to learn the style over all is such a big thing to take on,” Dawson said.

Students’ attitudes are highly impacted when the teachers are confident that students know their material.

“ I was especially proud of the Jazz Lab, and Concert Band. They showed so much growth since the beginning of the year,” Dawson said. “I was really about to challenge them with their pieces.”

Dawson had no doubt in her Jazz Band students this year. 

“ I know that I can challenge them, and I know they will take on the challenge,” Dawson said. “By the end of the year the progress will be amazing.”


It’s not only the music directors who are impressed with students’ performances, Sophomore Keegan Woolvertoon is very proud of his performance at the holiday concert, and wants to encourage more people to attend concerts because these are not experiences you want to miss. 


“ The concerts are very enjoyable,” Woolverton said. “Our band is a big, important part of our school, and the band is so much more than just the music.” 

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