A resounding celebration of music was presented by Dr. Ben Gooch, Music Teacher for the Mineral County School District, and the music students, on May 25 in the Junior High School gym.

The Hawthorne Elementary Rocket’s Band and Choir presented a half hour of well-rehearsed numbers to an audience of parents and local music supporters. One well-known number, sang by the Rocket’s Choir, was entitled “This Old Man” using choreography for each Knick-Knack, Paddy-Wack portion, while accompanied by Amy Gooch on piano. Among the Rocket Band’s selections of melodies, Abby Dennis gave a clarinet solo on the song Au Claire De La Lune.

Later that evening a combined concert of the High School and the Junior High School choir and band students was presented. Each choir sang their own selections, then came together in a combined choir. Together they provided strong, well-blended vocals, showcasing their many individual voices, while accompanied on the piano by Catherine Kaler.

In the Junior High School Choir, a special piece from The Sound of Music was performed, entitled “Do Re Mi”, which had audience members singing along. The High School Choir sang a recognized variety of songs, including The Sound of Silence, written by Paul Simon. When the two choirs joined into one, they shared a touching rendition of the song, Tale as Old as Time, from the Beauty and the Beast movie, featuring Madeline Bennett as soloist.

Once the Junior High Band was in place, a traditional rendition of Kumbaya was shared, then the High School Band joined them for two bold numbers, showing the full sounds of bold drums and horns together. To complete this evening, the High School group played an outstanding medley of songs from the Les Miserables Broadway show.

From this performance, it was evident that a strong foundation is being built to grow the music programs in the future. This evening showcased several vocalists and musicians which reinforced the concentrated efforts of these musical talents within our schools.