Sounds of the Season at B-OPS

Grades 5, 6, Middle School, High School Bands, Choirs perform in concert 


The Butterfield-Odin Public School (B-OPS) Music Department’s grades 5, 6, Middle School (grades 7 and 8) and High School (grades 9, 10, 11 and 12) Bands and Choirs performed in a Sounds of the Season holiday concert on Thursday evening, December 14, in the school’s gymnasium.

Conducting the bands was Instrumental Director Joshua Tonkin, and directing the choirs was Vocal Director Sean Benz.

The musical menu included:

+ 5th Grade Concert Band:

  • “Good King Wenceslas,” traditional carol.
  • “Jolly Old St. Nicholas,” traditional carol.

+ 6th Grade Concert Band:

  • “Greensleeves,” traditional carol.
  • “We Three Kings,” by John H. Hopkins Jr.

+ Middle School Concert Band:

  • “Two English Carols,” by Mark Williams.
  • “Here Comes Santa Claus,” by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman.

+ High School Concert Band:

  • “December Sky,” by Erik Morales.
  • “Christmas Pop Sing-A-Long,” by James D. Ployhar.

+ Middle School/High School Band Combo:

  • “A Christmas Tale,” by Randall D. Standbridge. (Narrated by B-OPS Superintendent Ray Arsenault.

+ 5th Grade Concert Choir:

  • “Still, Still, Still,” arranged by John Girt.
  • “Deck the Halls,” arranged by James Rooker.

+ 6th Grade Concert Choir:

  • “Twelve Days of Christmas,” arranged by James Harris.
  • “Frosty the Snowman,” arranged by James Harris.

+ Middle School Concert Choir:

  • “Dormi, Dormi” (“Sweetly Slumber”), arranged by Mary Goetze.
  • “This Peaceful Night,” by Nancy Price and Don Besig. (Flute solo by Jennifer Perez-Ambrocio.)
  • “Masters in the Hall,” arranged by Cristi Cary Miller. (Auxiliary percussion by Lexia Sykes and McKenna Steinbrink.)

+ Senior High Concert Choir:

  • “Prepare Ye” (from the musical, Godspell), arranged by Norman Leyden. (Soloist was Kaliana Xayaphonesongkham, with Mark Kurseth accompanying on drumset.)
  • “Ave Maria,” arranged by Patrick Liebergen. (Flue solo by Charlotte Fast.)
  • “Carol of the Bells,” arranged by Patrick Liebergen.

Piano accompanist for the choirs was Karen Hiebert. Heather Tonkin was the sound technician.

Following is a photo gallery from the B-OPS Sounds of the Season concert:


BRASS BARITONE SOUNDS by Mataya Hall of the 5th Grade Concert Band. The band performed “Good King Wenceslas” and “Jolly Old St. Nicholas.”


THE 6TH GRADE Concert Band – including Donald Roberts on baritone, left and Ryan Pierson, right, on trumpet – presented “Greensleeves” and “We Three Kings.”


“TWO ENGLISH CAROLS” and “Here Comes Santa Claus” were the numbers shared by the Middle School (Grades 7 and 8) Concert Band. Members of that instrumental group, Raesha Fast on clarinet, left and Jordan Tema-Lopez on flute, right, are pictured above.


A PHOTO OF the Middle School Concert Band’s saxophones and trombonist. From left, Jaelyn Haler, Mackenzie Christensen, Alma Rodriguez, Luis Morales (behind), Mahryn Dougherty and McKenna Steinbrink.


JULIE SAUNDERS PROVIDES xylophone percussion on the High School (Grades 9-12) Concert Band’s selection, “December Sky.”


BIG AND BOLD bass brass sounds on the tuba by Lukas Pierson.


THE SECOND HIGH School Concert Band’s number was “Christmas Po Sing-A-Long.” On the bass sax above is Abigail McDaniel. Behind is Tyler Wallert on trumpet


IN A COMBINED Middle and High School performance of “A Christmas Tale,” B-OPS Superintendent Ray Arsenault, right, provided narration. Instrumentals visible include, front, from left, clarinets, Kaliana Xayaphonesongkham, Mercedes Lenning, Stephanie Kotten and Briana Lopez. At back, on tuba, is Lukas Pierson.


A QUARTET OF 5th Grade Concert Choir vocalists. From left, Anahi Zavala, Jesus Trejo,¬† JJ Garza and Tony Hagan. The fifth-graders presented “Still, Still, Still” and “Deck the Halls.


FROM THE 6TH Grade Concert Choir, Addison Hanson, front and Anthony Herrera, back.


VOCAL DIRECTOR SEAN Benz, at left, leads the 6th Grade Concert Choir in their pair of selections, “Twelve Days of Christmas” and Frosty the Snowman.” All eyes on their director include front, Kainyana Xayaphonesongkham, left and Rubi Zuniga, right and back, from left, Maggie Wegner, Emily Wagner and Livia Ibarra.


THESE MIDDLE SCHOOL Concert Choir vocalists are obviously inspired by the holiday music they are presenting. Front, from left, Director Benz, Mohamed Yusuf and William Benavente. Back, from left, Mahryn Dougherty, McKenna Steinbrink and Valeria Morales.


THE MIDDLE SCHOOL Concert Choir shared three numbers, “Dormi, Dormi” (“Sweetly Slumber”), “This Peaceful Night” and Masters in this Hall.” Front, Valeria Morales, left and Lexia Sykes, right. Back, Rayden Archibald, left and Chris Garza, right.


KALIANA XAYAPHONESONGKHAM, FRONT, soloist on the Senior High Concert Choir’s “Prepare Ye” (from the musical Godspell), backed by choir members, from left, Madyson Heffele, Danny Sanchez, Sabrina Hanson and Devon Aguilar.


FLUTIST CHARLOTTE FAST, left, provides accompaniment for her fellow Senior High Concert Choir members on the selection, “Ave Maria. Choir members include, front, from left, Tyler Wallert, Michael Nett and Aiden Hiebert. Middle, Alma Rodriguez and back, Vanessa Fast, Susan Fast, Kaliana Xayaphonesongkham and Stephanie Kotten.





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