POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School Music Department has announced concert dates for the upcoming Christmas season.
December is going to be a busy month for the directors and students in the department.
First, the PPJ/SHS choir, under the direction of Crystal Hendricks, will kick off the month on Thursday, Dec. 10, as they present their annual Christmas Concert. This event will begin at 7 p.m. and will be in the Lillian and Paul Wedge Auditorium at the school. The concert is free to the public. However, this year, in the spirit of giving, the choir will start a new tradition of taking up monetary donations which will be given to the Mason County Sheriff’s Department “Shop with a Cop Program.”
The 215 members of the PPJ/SHS choir, accompanied by a live band, will be performing 10 songs, one of which will feature the senior high girls in “Santa Baby.” This evening of music will also feature students in the Guitar 2 and Piano classes who will be featured in “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”
Another group to be spotlighted during this year’s concert will be the newly formed PPJ/SHS Show Ensemble, which combines the talents of the Jazz Band and the Show Choir. This 35-member hand-picked group has been selected, following the submission of a video tape, to perform this coming spring at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The Show Ensemble is directed by Hendricks, Ben Loudin and Chip Hendricks.
On Dec. 20, the Wedge Auditorium will again come alive with music when the annual Silver Bells Concert begins at 3 p.m. Kicking off the concert will be the combined fifth and sixth grade elementary band under the direction of Ben Loudin and Gary Stewart.
The Point Pleasant junior high band, under the direction of Chip Hendricks, will play several tunes, as well as the Jazz Band and Steel Drum Ensemble. The concert will conclude with several selections featuring the Point Pleasant High School Band, under the direction of Ben Loudin. The Silver Bells Concert is free to the public.
Contributed article by Lauri Johnson.