The concert began with a Euphonium Trio playing Beethoven’s “We Surely Here Shall Find Him”. The trio consisted of Samantha Cantu, Zachary McAlister and our own assistant band director, Mr. Jim Cordani.
Another special group performed next. A Brass Choir entertained those in attendance after the trio. This ensemble was made up of trumpets, French horns, euphoniums, trombones, and tubas. Two special musicians graced the concert with their talents. Mrs. Robin Sellman, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for GWISD, and Ms. Nona Schorp, the “voice” of the Longhorn band, dusted off their French horns and joined the students in their presentation of Bach and Grainger pieces. Other members of the brass group were Luke Sehlke, James Perez, Mario Rodriguez, Joseph Gonzales, Tyler Kerr, Christian Morris, Juan Piaz, Hillary Sellman, Karen Rock, Yolanda Sanchez, Samantha Cantu, Ally Guzman, Sammy Gasaway, Jamie Haley, Randy Garcia, Anderson Daniels, Zac McAlister, D’Ann Lane, Candace Gonzales, and Caleb White. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and “Irish Tune from County Derry”, better known as “Oh, Danny Boy”, were two of the favorites presented by this group.
The junior high band once again was outstanding. Their first presentation was a class two arrangement by Holsinger entitled ”A Childhood Hymn”. Kayla Cantu was a featured soloist in the second movement of “The Christmas Suite”. The crowd favorite was “The Chipmunk Song”, featuring a kazoo ensemble of talented students. Their final presentation, “Santa at the Symphony”, featured flautist Lauren Alexander. Rudolph was spotted in the percussion section, sporting a flashing red nose.
Seven seniors presented their last Christmas Concert as Longhorns, and the ladies in the band wore their new concert attire. It was a special night for many students. Hannah Davis - flute, Lauren Cordani – Oboe, Ella Lowrance – Bassoon and Samantha Cantu – Baritone were featured soloists during the concert. The opening number, “And the Mountains Echoed: Gloria!” by Longfield, was truly moving with sounds of Christmas throughout. Hosay’s “Fantasia on a 13th Century Carol” was followed by “Fantasia for Christmas”, an arrangement by Del Borgo. Before the final number, “Alleluia! Laudamus Te” by Reed, Doc mentioned how proud he is of the band’s growth during the five years he has been here. His first year, he took five students total, junior high and high school, to region auditions. This year, two buses were required to take the students. The band has acquired Sweepstakes honors, advanced to Area competitions, won awards at music festivals, sent students to state auditions, and received an invitation to play in a festival at New York City this spring. “Band is alive and well in George West”, was his summation. Who can disagree?