The holiday season was off to a musical start on Nov. 23 when the Cedaredge High School and Middle School bands and choirs presented their combined fall concert at the school.
The Commons area was standing room only for the event which began with performances by the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade choir presenting music by John Williams and Katy Perry.
The CHS Concert Choir followed with the all-seasons favorite "What a Wonderful World" and two more selections including a score by Mozart. Accompanist was Lesley Lewis.
Next it was time for the school bands to show what they have learned. An entertaining medley of pieces punctuated with student narration about their progress through music instruction gave the Beginning Band members their first chance to see what playing before a real audience was like. Their selections included nine short pieces illustrating the music education journey that music director Melissa Gross has been guiding them on this year. The pieces included familiar tunes of "Hot Cross Buns," "London Bridge," and "Shoo Fly."
The advanced band's performance included a tribute to veterans in its program, along with a piece titled "Korean Folk Rhapsody."
The evening program's finale came compliments of the Cedaredge High School Concert Band, a group whose sound is like that of a professional symphonic wind ensemble. They chose a piece by Mendelssohn with a Shakespeare theme, and then concluded the program that ushered the community into the Christmas season by performing the perfectly appropriate classic Christian hymn "Amazing Grace."
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.