Randolph County Herald Tribune - Chester, IL
  • CGS presents 1st through 4th Christmas program

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  • If anyone needed help getting into the 2016 Christmas mode, CHS General Music Teacher Sue Colonel and her 1st through 4th grade music students provided the motivation and atmosphere to do so on Dec. 8 at the Elementary Christmas Program.
    Colonel is responsible for general music in the first four grades at CGS, after which students have the option of joining band and chorus if they wish to pursue their musical careers.
    The Christmas program featured all four grades in several music selections, 13 in all.
    Each grade level performed individually for one song after which grades 1 and 2 performed two selections together and grades 3 and 4 performed two selections together.
    All four grades also performed five songs together as one large group.
    CGS Principal Tim Lochhead welcomed the large crowd to the concert and invited parents and others to come down to the performance area for a five-minute photo session prior to the start of the show.
    Lochhead then informed the audience that the students had learned the national anthem earlier in the semester and that the students had asked Colonel if they could sing it to kick off the concert.
    Colonel agreed and Lochhead asked everyone to stand for the singing of the national anthem.
    Following that performance, all four grades sang “The Santa Claus Rock” to begin the Christmas portion of the concert.
    Grade 2 then took the staged for a solo performance of “Old St. Nick, He Had a Sleigh,” with Vicky Beers on accompaniment.
    Grades 3 and 4 then combined to sing “A Holly Jolly Christmas.” This familiar song was enjoyed by all, after which the 1st graders were featured alone in singing “The Snowman on the Lawn.”
    All four grade levels once again joined forces to sing “Winter Wonderland.”
    Another very popular song, “O Christmas Tree,” was performed by the entire 3rd grade as a feature.
    It was then time for grades 1 and 2 to join together to sing “Jolly Old St. Nicholas.”
    The final solo performance of the concert was by the entire 4th grade. The older students sang, “Good Old Santa,” complete with various choreographed motions and movements.
    The veteran singers did a wonderful job, much to the pleasure of the parents and guests in attendance.
    Grades 1 and 2 took center stage again for their final duo performance of the evening.
    The group sang and very popular, lively and cheerful song titled “The Chipmunk Song.”
    It was then time for the final dual performance as the 3rd and 4th graders jointly performed the rock and roll Christmas tune “Jingle Bell Rock.”
    To close out the concert, all grade levels stood at once and formed a huge choir to perform two selections - “White Christmas” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
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