There will be a special seasonal showcase of talent next Wednesday night — Dec. 7 — inside the 500-seat auditorium at Johnston High School.
For a small general admission fee of $5, people will have an opportunity to listen to holiday selections and songs played by musicians and sung by vocalists who rank among the best of their craft not only in Rhode Island but throughout the entire northeast.
Attest, the JHS Music Department — which is under the dynamic direction of Ron Lamoureux — has earned elite national status since performing at the highly-acclaimed Music in the Parks national competition held each spring in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The Johnston High School Music Department’s “Winter Concert” show — which will begin at 7 p.m. — will feature Matt Gingras leading the concert chorus, select choir and the triumphant return of the A Cappella group that has been rehearsing afternoons following their sometimes-hectic scholastic studies.
Likewise, Lamoureux’s Concert Band — whose members have received rave reviews following the JHS Marching Panther Band’s performance at the prestigious Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts — will close out what promises to be an exciting and entertaining evening.
Lamoureux also announced there is a small jazz combo that has ben working independently after school that will do one or two turns, and possibly an Appalachian rendition of “Jingle Bells.”
“We have specialists that have been coming in to work with our kids and are preening two groups for the show,” Lamoureux noted. “There will be a brass group coached by Gary Vallee and a clarinet ensemble coached by Kathy Vallee. They too are excited about the show.”
The Holiday Concert is a tradition unlike any other on Cherry Hill and as Lamoureux pointed out: “I’ve been at this for the past 25 years.”
As the highly respected music director offered: “Sometimes it felt like we have been running to keep step this year, but the kids have been working really hard all along. They are amazing students and incredibly fun to work with and we extend an invitation to Johnstonians to come and hear (these) super … songs.”
Members of the Johnston School Music Association, which is the JHS Music Department’s official booster club-like support group, will be on hand to welcome music enthusiasts as they continue raising funds to send the band and vocalist groups back to the Music in the Parks Festival this spring.
The JSMA volunteers, many of whom are either student musicians or vocalists, will begin welcoming people to JHS at 6 p.m., with the doors to the auditorium scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m.
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