Middle school orchestras join for concert

       A rare joint performance by the orchestras of the two Westside middle schools was presented to the public Dec. 13. A sampling of Westside schools’ holiday concerts... 
TOP: Part of the Holmes/West middle school orchestra, conducted by Ed Deepe;
BOTTOM LEFT: “The Incredible Reindeer” at Washington Elementary. BOTTOM RIGHT: Chris Welch leads the K-2 Concert at Whittier Elementary.
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       About 90 students from Holmes and West participated in the show in the Holmes cafeteria/auditorium.
       The idea of combining the two schools' string groups was hatched by their respective instructors, Mindi Loewen of Holmes and Ed Deepe of West.
       Loewen termed the project an “outreach” that will help the young instrumentalists by letting them experience “a bigger sound and a bigger room” than when they normally play at their own schools.
       The show was one of many being presented free to the public by the Westside's District 11 schools this holiday season.
       The Holmes Middle School 7th and 8th Grade on Stage! classes will present representative music from the 1940s to the 2000s in their production of “7 Decades of Musical Theater” Wednesday, Dec. 20 in the auditorium. Featuring student singing and dancing, the show will begin at 7 p.m.
       On Dec. 21 at 2:15 p.m., Bristol Elementary will have its annual Christmas songs assembly in the school gym, featuring recently retired music teacher Pam Hoots on piano, according to Principal Steve Ferguson.
       Other upcoming seasonal shows in the schools will be a musical, “The Littlest Christmas Tree,” by Howbert Elementary, grades K- 2, at Coronado High School Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m.; a Midland Elementary grades 3-5 music program Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m.; a Pike Elementary Band & Orchestra Concert Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m.; a Washington Elementary Strings Winter Concert Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. and Band Winter Concert Dec. 19 at 7:15 p.m.; a Holmes Middle School Band Winter Concert (grades 7-8) Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.; and a Jackson Elementary musical, “The Nutcracker” (grades 3-5), Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

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