Langford Students Trumpeting Their Preparation For Local Winter Concert
Tanara Oliveira/News Staff
Following a tradition that goes back many years, the students of Belmont Secondary School in Langford are preparing for another highly anticipated winter concert – with the enthusiasm among band members building to a peak.
The concert will happen on Thursday (Dec. 14), with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the show starting at 7 p.m. The admission will be by donation and the money goes to the food bank.
The community event features the school’s different bands, each with its own style of music. This year, you will see classical, jazz, R&B and several combo songs led by students. The students are spending long hours a day to make sure the concert would be the best one.
“Winter concerts are usually very chaotic. We can be very tired as we spend like 14 hours for the concert. But it is always really fun and performing, in general, has always been my favourite part of being in the music department,” said Grade 12 student Ayla Lambert-Wilson.
This is her third winter concert and she will play saxophone.
“We have a bunch of really good pieces prepared.”
The students have been practising for the concert since September and they will perform for two hours. For some of them, this moment represents more than just a show. It is a deep way for them to be themselves.
“I’m very excited, this is a centrepoint for me, a place where I can go and be myself. Every time I perform, it feels absolutely amazing,” said Grade 9 student Kieran Ross. He plays trombone and is also in the choir. Ross said that he’s been practising at home for the past three years, but every time he practises at school, he feels he progresses faster.
“My dad has been playing trombone for the past 20 years and I feel that is a very strong and loud instrument, very confident. That’s what I like the most.”
For some of the students, the winter concert is also an opportunity to explore what they like and discover a little bit more about themselves.
“The winter concert is a great opportunity for new players to really experience other one’s sounds and learn with each other,” said student Eva Auger. “We do at-home practises and we also do it together to get the sense of the piece. People can expect really good music and a sense of community because we are all really close and comfortable with each other.”