Student bands’ winter concert today

Coast Unified School District grammar, middle and high school groups to perform

San Luis Obispo - The TribuneDecember 12, 2013 

Band director Larry Frost, at left in photo, rehearses Monday with Santa Lucia Middle School Alexa Macias, Zack Azevedo, Cesar Paz, Dante Garcia and Julian Mercado.

MERLE BASSETT — Special to The Cambrian

Nearly 100 students will spread joyous sounds of the season today, Dec. 12, at the Coast Unified School District winter band concert.

The show will be about 90 minutes long, with separate performances by grammar school, middle school and high school musicians, including, according to bandmaster Larry Frost:

• More than 50 fifth graders performing a “very simplified arrangement” of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” (plus, perhaps, a version of “Jingle Bells”);

• About 20 middle-school musicians playing “Frosty the Snowman” and several holiday medleys; and

• Performances by 11 high school students, including the Ukrainian “Carol of the Bells” and “White Christmas”; “Silent Night” by a trumpet-alto sax-guitar group; a guitar trio doing “Oh! Little Town of Bethlehem” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”; a jazz combo doing Randy Schwalbe’s arrangement of “Let It Snow”, including a stand-out alto solo by senior Caesar Viveros; and Schwalbe’s Dark Drums interpretation of “Little Drummer Boy,” in which Frost will be the only performer playing a wind instrument, accompanying the student percussionists.

With a week of intense rehearsals yet to go, Frost said Dec. 5 that the concert also might include a sing-along segment.

The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Cambria Grammar School multi-purpose room at 3223 Main St.

A donation of $5 per individual or $10 for a family is requested. Proceeds go to buy and repair instruments, and to help pay for a student trip to a music festival in March.

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