Quarta-feira’, 20/3/2019 | : : UTC-4
The Reflection

Holiday concert brings Christmas cheer into Gull Lake

1 vote

      The day is November 19, and the winter breeze fills people as they pull into the parking lot and out of their cars. Band members with instruments in hand flood the band room that is a flurry of activity, getting ready to practice a piece that they were given not a day before the concert was to happen. Meanwhile, in the gymnasium, friends, family, relatives, flood into their seats to get to see their child, niece, or nephew perform in front of a live audience.

The students begin to pile into the gymnasium, carrying instruments–trumpets, clarinets, french horns, trombones, and other instruments. Once they’re all seated, band instructor Floy Latham welcomes them to the holiday concert.

Mr. Pignataro speaking into the mic briefly. Photo by Daniel Heidarisafa

Mr. Pignataro speaking into the mic briefly. Photo by Daniel Heidarisafa

First up is a selection of songs performed by the choir, who is looking none too spiffy under the circumstances. They sang such classics as “Gull Lake, We Sing to You!“, “The Witches” Ball,” “Sleigh Bells (Russian Folk Tune),” “Good King Kong Looked out” and “Fum, Fum, Fum.” Their voices join in unison for all the songs, providing a “one voice” kind of effect that was vivid and beautiful to hear. People quietly listen to their tunes.

Ms. Latham recording Mr. Pignataro, clearly pleased. Photo by Daniel Heidarisafa.

Ms. Latham recording Mr. Pignataro, clearly pleased. Photo by Daniel Heidarisafa.

 Next was the Brass Quintet performed by seniors Holly Channells, Emily Garrod, Joel Kupstas, Lucas FryBarger, and junior Andrea Zielke. They played a song called “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing“, and as their brass instruments filled the gym with their pleasant sounds, people listened intently.

Last but certainly not least, the band played Christmas songs. Adults were eager to see their son/daughter/relative in the stands playing such songs. They played “Bugler”s Holiday,” “The Polar Express,“”Sleigh Ride” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Bugler’s Holiday was played as expected, the general melody and composure sounding perfect.

Next up was The Polar Express. As informed by Ms. Latham, this song was given to them as an “experiment” the day before and to excuse any types of wrong notes. Although this song is less refined, less polished as played by the band, it doesn’t stop the audience from clapping in joy at the end of it.

Before Sleigh Ride, Latham informed the band that it would feature a guest composer; Mr. Pignataro, senior Michael Pignataro’s father. He was the winner of the auction to conduct Sleigh Ride. He was quite a character with a white wig and his firm attitude and led the band in a louder, more dramatic sleigh ride. People laughed, smiled, clearly enjoying his presence. Ms. Latham even decided to record the performance, clearly pleased.

Sleigh Ride has traditionally given the band some trouble. Although some wrong notes were audible, the general composure and melody of the song endured all of the right keys. Sleigh Ride, in particular, has been played as a staple, and it’s rare that a holiday concert would not feature it.

Mr. Pignataro conducting Sleigh Ride. Photo by Daniel Heidarisafa

Mr. Pignataro conducting Sleigh Ride. Photo by Daniel Heidarisafa

Mr. Pignataro out of character, listening to "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Photo by Daniel Heidarisafa

Mr. Pignataro out of character, listening to “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Photo by Daniel Heidarisafa

The band finished up the concert with the satisfying A Charlie Brown Christmas, which after Sleigh Ride, was much calmer and pleasing to the ear. Mr. Pignataro listened with the last piece with a calm demeanor, taking off his wig and standing by the door, listening.

Then the band concert was over after some brief words by Ms. Latham, people walking out, getting to their cars, the band kids putting their instruments away before reuniting with their parents/relatives. The holiday cheer was officially in the air.

 


Abigail Stark
About

My name is Abigail Stark. I am a sophomore and a first year staff member. I enjoy writing opinion and review articles, and look forward to a successful year!

1 Comment

  1. Joshua

    Where could i watch the video mrs. Latham took of mr. Pignataro?

POST YOUR COMMENTS

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Contact Us

Email: journalism@gulllakecs.org

Phone: (269)488-5020

Address: Gull Lake High School, 7753 N. 34th Street, Richland, MI 49083

Advertisements

Richland Public Library

What’s Your Opinion?

Community Center Ad