On December 14, the Cloverdale High School Band held its annual Christmas concert. Playing pieces such as “A Cartoon Christmas” and “Christmas at the Movies”, the band did an outstanding job. Being a member of the band, I know how hard my peers practiced in order to put out a good performance. The program started at 7:00 pm and consisted of the pieces, “A Cartoon Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” “After Sunset,” “Christmas at the Movies,” and “Happy Holidays Vol. 1.” 


“Christmas at the Movies,” “A Cartoon Christmas,” “Happy Holidays Vol. 1,” and “Santa Baby” are all iconic pieces that everyone immediately recognized from the radio or their favorite movie. Themes from “Home Alone” and classic cartoons like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” that were played were instantly recognizable to every kid in the audience. All of these classic Christmas songs were certainly a joy to hear. 


Even though this was a Christmas concert, not every song was Christmas-themed, as shown by the piece “After Sunset.” While this was a jazz song, it still fit in the Christmas theme and felt like a breath of fresh air after all of the other Christmas songs. 


While it may look simple to play these pieces and perform them, do not be fooled. This concert took many weeks of preparation and practice in order for it to come together. And that is only half the battle. The other half is actually working up the courage and nerve to perform in front of friends and family. Based on its performance, the band excelled in these areas and I cannot wait to see the next performance.