Smith Middle School Band Winter Concert

December 10, 2019

6:30 PM

The Heights Church

Season’s Greetings!

Dear Friends and Family,

Welcome to the second concert of the Smith Middle School Bands during the 2019-2020 school year. Our students are excited to perform for you tonight and we hope you enjoy and appreciate their hard work.

The SMS Bands have been busy this first semester giving various performances at pep rallies, a HS football game, a Fall Concert, and preparing for this evening’s performance. In addition, many members of the Wind Ensemble prepared and auditioned for the TMEA Region 30 All-Region Honor Band and the Invitational Honor Band (IHB). We are excited that 23 students earned a position in the IHB with THREE being named to first chair positions and 8 earned membership in the Region Band with TWO being named to first chair positions! Our students continue to display the SMS Band Motto – Superior Standards ~ Superior Success – through their academic, athletic, and musical achievements.

Tonight’s performance is sure to put you in the spirit of the season. Our students have put in a great deal of hard work and preparation to give a superior performance tonight. We know you’ll enjoy what you hear! Happy Holidays!!!

Matthew Hiller & Jacqueline Ruddick, SMS Band Directors

Concert Etiquette

It is the intent of the band directors to provide an enjoyable and clear learning environment for our students. On that note, the following is a list of ways to make this concert experience more memorable for our musicians and audience.

  • Please enter the performance quietly and quickly find a seat; latecomers should wait to find a seat at the first convenient pause in the music.
  • Please refrain from talking during the performance.
  • Please refrain from taking flash photographs as this distracts the musicians and other audience members. Feel free to take pictures between pieces or before and after the concert.
  • Be sure your cell phone is silenced during the concert. This is not only embarrassing to you, but is very distracting from an enjoyable performance.
  • Audience members that must leave during the concert should only do so during applause.
  • It is suggested that you not bring young children. If this is unavoidable, please keep them quiet. We understand that you are here to listen to the performance. However, it is extremely disturbing to those performing when a baby begins to cry or a child talks.

Thank you for understanding and cooperating!

Please Enjoy the Performance!!!

Symphonic Band

Jacqueline Ruddick, director

Santa's Rockin' Holiday Mix

Patrick Roszell

What happens when you combine the rhythms and sounds of Rock ‘n Roll (ala The Beach Boys) with traditional Christmas carols? Santa’s Rockin’ Holiday Mix, of course! Feel free to snap along. Enjoy!

"Allegretto" from Symphony No. 7

Ludwig van Beethoven; arranged by Douglas Court

Allegretto is an excerpt taken from the second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major. The symphony was completed in 1812 and premiered in Vienna in 1813. The symphony’s celebratory, dance-like nature made it an immediate success to a Viennese public weary from years of Napoleonic occupation and ready to celebrate the end of the war. Beethoven is noted as calling the symphony one of his best works.

The expressive, lyrical second movement, Allegretto, was especially popular and had to be encored at the premiere performance. Likewise, it is often performed separately form the entire symphony. The movement has been an inspiration for countless other musicians and composers, such as Schubert and Corigliano, who have written works based on the melody from this movement.

A Festive Finale

Brian Balmages

The opening of the finale mirrors the opening of A Festive Fanfare (an earlier work by the composer written as a concert opener) to bring everything full circle. From there, the music takes on its own distinct personality. A Festive Finale is a symphonic work that happens to touch on various holiday tunes throughout while incorporating a bit of original material as well.

Jazz Band

A Jazzy Merry Christmas

Paul Cook

Swing along to this big band arrangement of Up on the Housetop, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, and Jingle Bells.


arranged by Victor Lopez

Sammy Arouse, alto sax solo

Greensleeves is a traditional English folk song dating back to the 16th century. The tune has undergone many variations and the lyrics have been adapted to fit different purposes. By the end of the 17th century, it was arguably the most popular piece of music. The tune was then applied to a Christmas hymn and this led to more variations in the next century, thereby culminating in the popular Christmas carol "What Child is This?," written in 1865 by William Chatterton Dix.

By the 20th century, Greensleeves had a classical makeover by English composer Ralph Vaughn William. In 1934, he arranged his "Fantasia on Greensleeves," the best-known rendition to this day.

Feliz Navidad

Jose Feliciano; arranged by Victor Lopez

Parker Brown, trumpet solo
Oscar Juarez, tenor sax solo

Feliz Navidad, a Spanish phrase meaning "Merry Christmas (literally "Happy Nativity") was written in 1970 by internationally known singer/song writer Jose Feliciano. Feliciano was born blind, to humble beginnings in Lares, Puerto Rico. His family immigrated to New York City where young Jose taught himself to play the guitar with undaunted determination and nothing but records as his teacher, practicing for as many as 14 hours a day. Exposed to the rock-n-roll of the 50's, he was then inspired to sing. The rest of his career is a success story. Jose Feliciano is recognized as the first Latin artist to cross over into the English music market, opening the doors to others who now play an important part in the American music industry,

Wind Ensemble

Matthew Hiller, director

Sleigh Ride

Leroy Anderson; arranged by James Ployhar

Sleigh Ride is a popular light orchestra standard composed by Leroy Anderson. The composer had the original idea for the piece during a heat wave in July 1946 and finished the work in February 1948. originally, it was written as a pure instrumental work with no lyrics. The lyrics were added by Mitchell Parish in 1950 and describe a story of someone asking anotehr to join them on a sleigh ride. The orchestral version was first recorded in 1949 by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Band of Heroes

Erika Svanoe

Band of Heroes is a multimedia "choose your own musical adventure" for band. The piece includes a powerpoint presentation that takes the audience through a narrative adventure where they must vote to decide which path the story and the music will go next during the performance. Inspired by choose your own adventure novels, text-based computer games, and fairy tale tropes, the piece gives audiences and students a unique interactive performance experience.

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

arranged by Warren Barker

Jacqueline Ruddick, guest conductor

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day is a Christmas carol based on the 1863 poem "Christmas Bells" by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The song tells of the narrator's despair, upon hearing Christmas bells during the American Civil War, that "hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men". The carol concludes with the bells carrying renewed hope for peace among men.

Jing, Jing, Jingle

Chris Sharp

Welcome to the yuletide season in jazzy style with Jing, Jing, Jingle! St. Nick meets Benny Goodman and his renowned drummer Gene Krupa in this inventive take on the holiday chestnut, Jingle Bells. It begins with the iconic toms solo launching into the familiar melody. When the full ensemble enters on the chorus, sleigh bells add to the festive mood. After a call-and-response section between the brass and woodwinds, Jolly Old St. Nicholas makes his appearance to close out the piece.


Band Directors

  • Matthew Hiller, SMS Director of Bands
  • Jacqueline Ruddick, SMS Associate Director of Bands
  • Matt Bibb, CISD Percussion Coordinator

Upcoming Events


  • 12 – CHS Winter Desserts Concert at 7pm
  • 13 & 16 – Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band Tour
  • 20 – Last day of Semester/Early Release


  • 8 – 4th 6 Weeks Begins
  • 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day/School Holiday
  • 21 – Invitational Honor Band (members of WE that were selected)
  • 26 – Lone Star Wind Orchestra Concert (trip opportunity for all - the music of John Williams)


  • 17 – Student Holiday
  • 18 – 5th 6 weeks begins
  • 18 - WE Rehearsal (5:00-6:30)
  • 19 - SB Rehearsal (4:00-5:30)
  • 21 - Pre-UIL
  • 24 - SB Rehearsal (5:00-6:30)
  • 25 - WE Rehearsal (5:00-6:30)


  • 4 & 5 - UIL at Burleson HS
  • 10 - SMS Mid-Winter Concert
Thanks to many!

CISD Administration

  • Kyle Heath, CISD Superintendent
  • Kyle Boles, CISD Director of Fine Arts
  • Amber White, SMS Principal
  • Dustin Conn, SMS Assistant Principal
  • Alanna Lewallen, SMS Assistant Principal
  • Kelly Warner, Counselor
  • Mauri Ford, Counselor

CISD School Board

  • John Finnell, President
  • Elizabeth Childress, Vice President
  • Mike Witte, Secretary
  • June Bates
  • Wendell Dempsey
  • DeAnna King
  • Teddy Martyniuk

CISD Band Staff

  • Jason Jones, Director of Bands
  • Brock Feller, Associate Director of Bands
  • Matt Bibb, Percussion Coordinator

Other thank yous:

  • Janice Sullivan and the Golden Pride Band Boosters
  • Ben Poledna and the SMS Custodial Staff
  • Alan Reed for working with our students last week
  • Anthony Vasquez for his help with Symphonic Band last week
  • The teachers and staff of Smith Middle School

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