The John C. Birdlebough High School auditorium was filled to capacity on Dec. 10 as middle school musicians performed holiday songs during the winter concert.
Under the direction of James DeMauro, the Emerson J. Dillon jazz band opened the evening with “Ye Jazzy Gentlemen” and “O Holy Night,” bringing the crowd to its feet with the festive music.
The evening continued with performances by the seventh and eighth grade chorus, under the direction of Shirley Kelly, singing “Ding-a- Ding-a Ding,” “White Christmas” and “Do You Hear What I Hear.”
To cap off the concert, the middle school band performed “Of Castles and Kings,” “And all the Bells Shall Ring,” “Carol of the Bell,” “Cyclone” and “Jingle Jive.”
The Phoenix Central School District is on the list of Best Communities for Music Education, as determined by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.
The foundation is a nonprofit organization geared toward advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry.