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Sounds of the Season

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Carroll-Oakland students and faculty were in for a treat on Wednesday morning as the band and choir classes performed a holiday concert for them.

The prior evening, the group of musicians and vocalists performed the same show for their families.

The band was led by Director Beth Graves and comprised of 65 students in 5th-8th grade at the school. Graves explained that the 5th and 6th graders were in the beginning stage of their musical careers, while the 7th and 8th graders had been making music much longer.

"Most of them had been playing for two or three years," she said. "The 5th and 6th graders - on the first day of class they don't know how to put their instruments together or hold them. So it is really something for them to go from that to being able to play songs for their parents."

Graves said being able to perform in front of a live audience gives their music lessons a "real world aspect."

The 54-student choir was led by teacher Cassie Lockard, who reiterated that the concert was a great way of "showing what they've learned."

Lockard added that the students learned the music over a nine-week period.

"This is just a way to show their talent and what they can do," she said.

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