MASON — For a little over two hours Sunday afternoon, attendees were invited to sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds of the season at the annual Bend Area C.A.R.E. Christmas Concert at Wahama High School.
All proceeds from the event, which totaled more than $1,000, go to Bend Area C.A.R.E.’s “Kids for Christmas” program. The money will provide gifts and meals for families in need.
Participating in the concert were the Wahama High School Concert Band, New Haven Elementary School Chorus, Wahama Chorus, Tiger Music Orff Ensemble, and a number of private piano students. In addition, the high school art department, under teacher Susan Parrish, displayed several pieces of art and were featured in a slide show.
The afternoon began with the band, which was directed by Wahama Principal Kenny Bond. Bond has taken over as the band’s leader, a position he formerly held, after the resignation of the former director.
Next to perform was the Tiger Music Orff Ensemble, under the direction of Kim Bond and Rachel Reynolds. A number of Wahama and Clay Center Community Arts piano students presented holiday music solos. The pianists included Shelby Gerlach, Madison Council, Autumn Baker, Ian Hook, Kelsey Fields, Daniele Tomblinson-Lake, Noah Davis, Billy Joe McDermitt, Carson Gibbs, Amber Wolfe, Deborah Miller, Jasmine Howard and Leah Hoffman.
The elementary choir presented a number of selections, including “Carol of the Bells.” Bell ringers were Amber Wolfe, Hailey Hickel, Abby Pauley, Riley Hankinson, Jessica Dangerfield, Emma Fisher, Bailee Bumgarner, Alana Edwards, Wesley Woodard, Adrionna Bennett, and Mikie Lieving. Hailey Darst provided piano accompaniment. Kim Bond is the choir director.
Members of the high school choir were the final performers of the day, with numbers that featured soloists Lilly Karr, Wyatt Powell and Adrianna Boswell. They are directed by Rachel Reynolds.
In addition to the students, Barbara Mitchell, Mike Harbour, and Kenny Bond were among the musicians providing the live music. Jordan Grimm, Grace Haddox, and David Hendrick were recognized for the art slide show presentation.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.