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A Growing Music Program


On Sunday, December 7, Scecina Memorial students kicked off the holiday season with a Christmas concert featuring the Crusader band, orchestra and choirs. The music ranged from the traditional “Away In The Manager” to the unexpected theme from “The Game of Thrones.”

The afternoon kicked off with a rousing rendition of “Angelic Celebrations” played by the 50 member Crusader concert band. The powerful blend of horns and percussion filled the gymnasium and entertained the large crowd of friends, family, and Scecina supporters.

Following the band, the orchestra took center stage and captivated the audience with beautiful Christmas classics. Scecina sophomore Lauren Gray was enchanting on the violin during “Cantique De Noel,” while junior Jordan Harrison dazzled everyone with “A Gleeful Christmas” on the piano. The group closed out the set by featuring their guitarists with an unexpected and entertaining rendition of Carlos Santana’s “Smooth.”

Next, were the beginning and advanced choirs. Each group performed beautiful pieces by composers, such as Douglas E. Wagner and Rogers and Hammerstein. Senior Jessica Navarro sang a beautiful solo during the advanced choir’s performance of “Mary Had a Baby/Joyful, Joyful,” arranged by Roger Emerson.

The band returned to close out the concert with the Christmas classic “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,” arranged by Chris Sharp, and the spirited “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano. Following the performance, the students and their families enjoyed a reception with yummy treats courtesy of the Scecina Baking Club and their moderators Jean Donlan and Laura Johnston.

The Scecina music program has truly flourished under the direction of Mr. Donnie Glowinski. And with over one-third of the students participating, it has become one of the largest programs offered by the school. The hard work of the students and the passion of their conductor was evident in every piece that was played and songs that were sung. An afternoon spent enjoying this inspirational and uplifting recital was the ideal way to celebrate this joyous season and to really catch the Christmas spirit.


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