Residents won’t have to travel far to experience live holiday music as several Copperas Cove Independent School District groups host shows throughout the Christmas season.
“The point of music is to be communicated and bring people together,” said Daniel Montgomery, Copperas Cove High School choir director and the district’s choir coordinator. “With the holiday concerts, I hope people come away with the feeling that they are really in the Christmas spirit.”
From the Pride of Cove, to the Copperettes, to the students at Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary, children will perform throughout the holiday season.
One goal of course is to entertain and provide music for their parents and neighbors, said Randy Kelley, Copperas Cove High School head band director.
“If (attendees) are tapping their toes or whistling and humming when they leave the concerts, we did our job, which was to entertain and make people feel good,” Kelley said.
But there also is more to it than that. “Education, that is what we are here to do, learn to play our instruments and to improve,” he said. “We go from marching band to three separate bands at the high school level. My expectation, and it is that of all of the staff with each of their bands, is every time we perform it is better.”
During the Christmas season, students are learning multiple songs with various degrees of difficulty, including classics and some newly composed pieces that follow the traditional melodies of older pieces, Kelley said. At the high school level, they are preparing competition pieces for regional band auditions, too.
“We are trying to challenge the kids to help them become better musicians,” he said. “But it is a lot of fun to put these particular concerts on because of all the music that is made for Christmas.”
Concerts are like tests for the students, Montgomery said. It allows them to show off and be rated by others on what they have learned.
“The most important part of choir is rehearsal, you are learning about family and there is no family without rehearsals,” Montgomery said, “but it is also like sports — you work on the fundamentals every single day.
It is important to share music and to do it at all age levels, Montgomery and Kelley said.
It doesn’t matter how bad or good you are because using music to express yourself brings people together, Montgomery said.
“Every single major event is surrounded by singing, and this is the biggest time of the year for music.”