Slave Lake schools’ Christmas concerts start on November 29.
On November 29, Slave Lake Koinonia Christian School has its annual Christmas coffeehouse at Abundant Life Worship Centre starting at 7 p.m.
“Our music students provide all the music,” says Koinonia principal Elizabeth Lund, in an email. “They are amazing.”
On December 1, Koinonia Kindergarten to Grade 3 has a Christmas concert and the high school music class opens for the Stage North Concert. The kindergarten concert is at Community Christian Centre at 6:30 p.m. Stage North is at the Legacy Centre starting at 7:30 p.m.
On December 5, Roland Michener Secondary School concert band has a Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Roland Michener senior high gym. Roland Michener is in the SE of Slave Lake. Food bank donations are appreciated.
At the concert, the Grade 7, 8, and 9 bands, plus a few ensembles will show off what they’ve been learning this semester. The band consists of brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. There are 91 students in the three bands.
The purpose of the concert is to show the parents what their kids have learned, give the musicians performance practice and a goal to work toward, says RMSS band teacher Jasmine Rebryna.
“I’m also very proud of them (the students), so I want to show them off,” says Rebryna. “They sound good.”
The Grade 7 and some of the other students are in their first year of band. The Grade 7s will likely play “Jingle Bells”, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas”, and a few other short pieces.
They’re still learning, “but coming along quite nicely,” says Rebryna.
Grade 8 has two songs they intend to play together: “Angels on Parade” and “Holiday Fanfare.” There are also three ensembles out of this grade: a bass clarinet trio, trumpet trio, and saxophone quartet.
The Grade nines have been working on some upbeat songs. These include an arrangement of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Frosty the Snowman”, and a concert band arrangement of a contemporary song “High Hopes”, by the band Panic at the Disco.
Later in December is the fourth Annual Winter Wonderland at E.G. Wahlstrom School, on December 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. E.G. Wahlstrom is in Slave Lake.
At Smith School, the biggest event of the year is the Christmas supper and concert. It is December 19. The supper is $9 and tickets are available at the front desk. The concert is free and starts around 7 p.m.
Earlier that day, St. Francis of Assisi School, in Slave Lake, has a Christmas lunch.
There are likely other Christmas events.