Ode to Joy - It has been called the perfect melody: sixty-one notes of simple, mostly step-wise, mostly monorhythmic movement, easy enough for the tone-deaf to hum, yet seemingly cosmic in its sense of hope and beauty. Today, it is the most famous melody in all of classical music, the tune that Ludwig Van Beethoven created to frame the words of Friedrich Schiller’s immortal poem, “Ode to Joy.”
A Rather Bumpy Sleigh Ride - This piece contains little snippets of several holiday tunes such as Jingle Bells, Up On The Housetop, and Jolly Old St. Nicholas. After a short introduction the sleigh ride itself gets going in measure 4 with a faster tempo. Along the way you will hear rests or "bumps" in the music as the sleigh keeps going.
Santa Comes Marching In - This easy march includes songs such as Jingle Bells, O Come All Ye Faithful, Up on the Housetop, Good King Wenceslas, and parts of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.
Name Those Carols - This piece is a patchwork quilt of eighteen familiar Christmas carols, including: Up On The House Top, Hallelujah Chorus, Jingle Bells, We Three Kings, O Christmas Tree, Ukrainian Bell Carol, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Angles We Have Heard On High, Away In The Manger, What Child IS This, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, Silent Night, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Joy To The World, Good King Wenceslas, O Come All Ye Faithful and Deck The Halls. Each one of these selections goes by quickly so the listener needs to be alert for the sudden shifts in the melody.
Deck the Halls with Rock N' Roll - Let it Rock! This arrangement of Deck The Halls features hard-rocking drum beats, a low brass riff that calls to mind the crunchy power chords on guitar, and some subtle reharmonization of the melody.
Winterfest - Winterfest features three very popular hymns. First introduced is "Low, How a Roese E'er Blooming," a Christmas carol of German origin. This hymn first appeared in print in the late 16th century, and the Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) harmonization, written in the German Protestant chorale style is still the version most heard.
The second hymn introduced is "The Holly and the Ivy," which dates back to the seventeenth century, Holly and ivy have symbolized different things over time, from the original pagan festivities of the Winter Solstice, to emerging as an homage to Jesus Christ and his Virgin birth.
The third and last hymn is "Break Forth, O Beauteous, Heavenly Light" from The Christmas Oratorio and adapted by J.S. Bach (1685-1750). Bach composed the oratorio for the Christmas season of 1734 and incorporated music from earlier compositions.
A Cartoon Christmas - Some of your all time favorite animated holiday characters are represented in A Cartoon Christmas. Michael Story has creatively arranged Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Christmas Time is Hear from misunderstood-yet-loveable Good ole’ Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang from their first Holiday Feature: It’s Christmas Charlie Brown.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas - This story began in 1957 as an illustrated children's book by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel (1904 – 1991). The story has been told in an animated TV special (1966) with memorable bass vocal by Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice of Tony the Tiger; in a musical (1994); and in a movie (2000). This medley includes “Welcome Christmas” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”
The Grinch is a grumpy, green, vengeful hermit-like creature who hates the thought of the nearby Whos of Whoville happily celebrating Christmas. Disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, the Grinch raids the village to steal their Christmas things. He expects the Whos to become sad and bitter, but they remain joyful. When he realizes that Christmas is more than just presents, his shrunken heart grows three sizes larger. He reforms and joins the Whos' feast where he carves the roast beast.
Composer Albert Hague (1920 – 2001) was a German-born songwriter, composer and actor. He wrote four Broadway musicals in addition to Grinch and played Benjamin Shorofsky, the music teacher, in the TV series Fame.
Christmas Collection - Elliot Del Borgo (born 27 October 1938 in Port Chester, NY) holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York, an Ed.M. degree from Temple University, and an M.M. degree from the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, where he studied theory and composition with Vincent Persichetti and trumpet with Gilbert Johnson. In 1973, he was granted the doctoral equivalency by SUNY, and was later elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1993. Del Borgo taught instrumental music in the Philadelphia public schools and was Professor of Music at the Crane School of Music, where he held teaching and administrative positions from 1966 to 1995. An award-winning member of ASCAP, he is a frequent consultant, clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator in the United States and abroad. Mr. Del Borgo is an internationally-known conductor of bands and orchestras. A Christmas Collection features Christmas time favorites “Joy to the World”, “As With Gladness”, “Deck the Halls”, “What Child is This?” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful”.
Thank you to the RMS Administration: Mr. Roser, Mr. Young, Mrs. Brod and Mrs. Blackshear
Thank you to the KM4B directors Mr. Morrison, Mr. Landes, and Ms. Betik for all of their continued support of the RMS Band.
Thank you to the Fine Arts Administration: Mr. Balch, Mr. Winson, Ms, Olges, and Ms. Lovato
Thank you to everyone who participated in our raffle fundraiser in November!
Thank you to our amazing Band Booster VP's: Penny Davis and Amanda Bretherton
Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered for the concession stand. Without your time and energy we could not hope to make that work.
Thank you to all of the KM4B students who have helped make sure everything has been able to run smoothly on both nights of the concert.
Thank you to the Kingwood Band Boosters for all their support!