December is a time renowned for great music and an excellent opportunity to showcase the musical talents of local students. Here’s a rundown of where you can catch Basalt students performing throughout the month.
Basalt Elementary School Performances on Dec. 17 and 19
BES students will perform twice in December. On Tuesday, Dec. 17, the third grade play will take place at the BMS auditorium at 6 p.m. Called “December in Our Town,” the play tells the story of school children going door to door collecting cans for a food drive. Along the way, they learn about the many different traditions and ways people celebrate in December. On Dec. 19, all families are invited to the Holiday Assembly in the gymnasium at 8:30 a.m. “The holiday assembly is a chance for our school community to gather together and sing different holiday songs,” says BES music teacher Maureen Hinkle. “This concert is informal and fun and one of the favorite things about my job. When I hear the whole school singing together, it often makes me choke up.”
Basalt Winter Band Concert on Dec. 10
Band students from grades five through 12 will perform at the Winter Band Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The concert will be led by band director Andrew Zakerski and fifth grade teacher Nick Lenio and feature holiday and winter-themed music. “It’s a lot of really fun get-you-in-the-spirit of the holidays kind of music,” says Zakersi, who notes that the stage typically is gussied up with holiday decorations as well.
The Band Boosters will hold a dinner fundraiser starting at 5:30 p.m. that will be available in the cafeteria before and throughout the concert. The cost is $5 a plate and $1 for desserts, so bring your appetite and come early.
Basalt Tree Lighting Ceremonies on Dec. 6 and 13
Basalt has not one but two tree lighting ceremonies, and Basalt students will perform at both.
“It’s a great way for the schools to provide some music for the community and do a public performance that more people get to experience,” says Zakerski.
The Basalt High School band will perform on Dec. 6 in Triangle Park in Willits around 5 p.m. On Dec. 13, the BHS band and Basalt Middle School eighth grade choir will perform at the Lions Park Tree Lighting, which runs from 4 to 6 p.m. The band and choirs will be playing holiday favorites and Christmas songs.
BHS Coffee House: Choir Concert & Fundraiser on Dec. 9
This annual Basalt High School choir event is a perennial favorite and the main fundraiser for the school’s choir program. The $5 per person entry fee (cash or check only) covers the concert and holiday sweet treats, coffee, and hot chocolate. The concert will feature several tunes from the movie “La La Land,” some holiday favorites, and other fun, festive group and solo numbers. Bring extra cash for the annual boys vs. girls fundraising blitz as well. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the concert starting at 6:30 p.m. Children 3 and under are free.