The North Battleford Comprehensive High School is hosting their annual winter band concert today in the large lecture theatre at the high school.
Featuring performances from a variety of bands, including the school’s concert band, jazz band, a jazz combo, the grade 7/8 junior concert band, and the curricular band, or senior class band as they are otherwise known, the event will feature about 60 students total, all of various grades and ages coming together to make for an evening filled with music, and festive celebration.
Jackie Kroczynski, band and music teacher at the school, said the event will be the perfect opportunity for residents of the Battlefords to kick off the holiday season, while also showing support and encouragement for the youth in their community.
“It’s a perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit, and hear a bunch of great young musicians,” she said. “[These are] people who truly care about what they’re doing, they’re excited about what they’re doing, and I think they’re really growing in terms of their musicianship and are going to be very good young players. It’s a great time to hear them and they really want an audience; they’re excited to share their music with people.”
Kroczynski said in addition to the hard work put in by the students to get to this point, she’s also very aware and extremely grateful of the student’s parents for making the early commutes to drop their children off outside regular school hours for practices often times held as early as 7:50 a.m. for the different extra-curricular groups.
“We’ve had great parental support and community support for our band program,” she said. “The parents are just super, and the students themselves come to rehearse for the extra-curricular programs, four times a week. The kids are really dedicated and the parents are really good at helping them get here [to the school], while also supporting the fundraising efforts.”
Thursday’s concert will begin at 7 p.m. Donations for the school’s food drive will be collected at the door, as will silver collection, with proceeds being donated to the Lighthouse.
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