On December 3rd and 4th, Markham District High School performed its annual Winter Concert at the Markham Flato Theatre. Held by the Markham District Music Department, this concert is the culmination of all the work done by the students and teachers in the past three months. Some performances included the Grade 9,10, and 11/12 concert bands, jazz bands, choirs, and quartets of saxophones, strings, and brass. There was also a special feature performance from the Elementary School Honour Band consisting of grade 8 students who played theatre for the first time!
The concert featured classic songs and amazing solos from a variety of different instrumentalists and singers. The Senior Jazz band performed a New Orleans jazz piece called the “The Mudbug Strut” featuring solos on the clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, piano, and drum kit. They also played “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” as recorded by Michael Buble performed by one of our talented senior vocalists! The Chamber Choir sang a beautiful tribute to our veterans with a choral arrangement of “Flanders Fields,” and our brilliant Third Stream Jazz Choir performed acapella versions of “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch,” and “Take on me!” The final performance of the night featured the Grade 11 and 12 Wind Symphony performing “Christmas Festival” and all of the students crowding the stage to sing a medley of holiday-themed songs!
Along with these spectacular performances, the show included videos highlighting all the special work this department has done so far, such as raise $6000 for the Mully Children’s Family at their “Rehearsathon” event and collect 850 pounds of food for the Markham Foodbank! If you missed this one, you can catch their next concert in Spring!
Images: Senior Jazz band and Senior Vocalist, Grade 11 and 12 Wind Symphony.