It’s that time of year again! The smell of peppermint is everywhere, and the frantic gift-shopping is just beginning.
But, most importantly, the time for Christmas carolling and the same music playing on the radio day after day is starting as well. The choir and band students have just returned from their music trip, and what better way to welcome them back than to celebrate all of the amazing music groups we have in the school.
We have not one, or two music groups at CCH. No, we have four.
And I’m going to cover them all in one post.
Get ready for your mind to explode.
First up, we have our Concert Choir. Not to be mistaken with our Show Choir, the Concert Choir is currently made up of about fifty-sixty people. Not to worry though, because they still describe themselves as a “very large family”, and I’m sure they’re still looking for new additions! You may remember them during the Remembrance Day Ceremony a while ago, with their tear-jerking rendition of “What a Wonderful World”.
You know you cried a little bit. I definitely did.
They meet after school from 3:10 until 4:30, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but because Mrs. Collier is helping with the musical, Thursdays have been switched to Wednesdays. If you want to experience the perfect mix of classical music and fun, Concert Choir is for you. Contact Mrs. Collier for details.
Next, we have our Show Choir. Our Show Choir is much smaller than our Concert Choir, with around twenty-five members. As they are a smaller group, they are much closer knit. They not only sing, but add choreography to their performances. If you love the spotlight, join Show Choir! They meet every Monday from 3:15 to 4:30.
If you’re not much into singing but are more of the “instrumental” type, no worries! We have both our Steel Panthers group and our Band.
The Steel Panthers (who by far has the coolest name out of all the groups. I mean, STEEL PANTHERS. THAT IS SUCH A COOL NAME!), get together to play music and have fun. They specialize in Pans, also known as Steel Drums, but along with their five pan players, they have a bass player, a guitar player and a drummer, which brings their grand total to eight students. They also performed at the Remembrance Day Ceremony, with their version of Amazing Grace that had everyone in awe. For Christmas, they are leaning to play the Djembe, which is a very cool looking African drum.
If you’re interested in trying new instruments and having fun, the Steel Panthers meet every Friday after school. Contact Mr. Harmon for more details.
Last, but certainly not least, we have our Band. Made up of sixteen students, this group practices their musical skills and then performs at various places and events. This recent photo is from their trip to Banff. Look at them and their instruments shining in the sunlight!
So, if you’re skilled at playing a certain instrument and don’t know what you want to do next, I think you know the place to go. The band meets every Monday and Wednesday from 3:10 until 4:30.
Well, I warned you. You now know everything you’ve ever wanted to know about our choirs, band and the Steel Panthers. If after reading this blog post you still haven’t joined one of these groups and you have a love of music, I think you know what must be done.
And if you’re reading this blog post and you’re already part of one of these groups, well done! And thank you for making our school a more musical place.
Kyra Nicolacopoulous is a Grade Eleven student at CCH. She enjoys reading, writing, and British television shows. Her favourite thing about CCH is all of the co-curricular clubs.