This Thursday Lake City Secondary Campus is hosting its annual Christmas concert.
Featuring the Senior Tour Band, Jazz Band, Senior Beginner Band and Band 10 the event serves as a fundraiser for the school’s band program run by band director Laura Eilers. Eilers said that, as in previous years, the entire community is welcome and admission is by donation.
The various bands will be playing a mix of Christmas tunes and other music they’ve been working on since September such as Jingle Bells, The Hanging Tree, Afro Blue, Feliz Navidad and more. Most of the students have been playing with Eilers since Grade 7 and 8 and have upwards of three years experience with their instruments.
“The energy is so positive, the kids are so great they’re so excited to be able to perform their pieces and they’ve been working so incredibly hard,” Eilers said. “They’re just great kids to put in the work and have a lot to show for it.”
Playing Christmas music for the community every year helps make this particular concert Eilers’ favourite to put on. She believes it’s a great way for locals to get in the Christmas spirit and to come and listen to what the kids have been doing year round. It’s a great recruitment tool too, in her opinion, as it shows young parents and their children what they have to look forward to when they go to high school.
“The band program is important because it’s something that the kids can gravitate towards and have finished product that they can all work together towards creating,” Eilers said. “It’s also a great place for students who don’t necessarily have any other place to be and we have just a supportive network with all the kids, myself and my co-worker Dena Baumann.”
Eilers encourages the whole town to come and support her bands and enjoy the Christmas spirit.
The concert gets underway at Lake City Secondary School WL campus at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.