Christmas, it seems, is the season for music.
In Sooke, the concert season wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the EMCS theatre for a rousing concert by the school band.
This year, the EMCS music department will feature the school’s concert band and a collection of soloists in Songs of the Season, the school’s annual Winter Concert.
“We have a group of 18 students who’ve been working very hard to prepare a great little program of music that is sure to have the audience smiling and tapping their feet,” said music director Laurel Parlaiment.
“It’s a combination of concert band classics, rock and pop hits and, of course, songs of the season.”
The concert will also feature a few selections in which the band’s soloists get to show their musical chops.
“We have a young international student from Germany, Jonas Paul, who does a solo on the drums in a jazz number entitled Fatburger, and he’s just great,” said Parlaiment.
“That same number features Stavros Chrysoulis on the trumpet, and if his solo doesn’t make you smile, nothing will”.
The award-winning concert band travels to a variety of festivals on the Island and annually perform the Winter Concert as well as the EMCS open house, and the EMCS Awards Night. The program is open to students from grades nine to 12.
The concert takes place on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. and admission is by donation with all proceeds going to the band program at EMCS.