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Maple Ridge school hosts two concerts to showcase student talent

Garibaldi Secondary has concerts happening on Dec. 12 and 13
Garibaldi Secondary School will be hosting two concerts next week, with performances from a variety of large and small ensembles. (Garibaldi Secondary Music/Special to The News)

Garibaldi Secondary is offering not just one, but two concerts next week on back-to-back days in hopes of raising some money for its long-standing music program.

The first of the events will be the annual Polar Express Concert on Dec. 12, which will be an evening of holiday-themed tunes performed live by various Garibaldi Secondary band ensembles.

Elementary Band, Grade 8 Band, Junior Band 9, Junior Jazz Band, Grade 10 Band, Senior Concert Band, Senior Jazz Band, and Massed Band will all have their opportunity to shine on the school’s gym stage, with the concert kicking off at 7 p.m.

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Garibaldi Secondary music teacher Rebekah Bell explained that despite the long list of groups performing, the show will be kept fairly succinct.

“We’ve limited the number of songs per group so it won’t be a marathon,” said Bell, explaining that she expects the concert to be finished by 9 p.m.

“There will be various food and beverage items for sale including Krispy Kreme donuts.”

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The very next day will be the Garibaldi Music Showcase, which the school describes as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of the smaller groups in the music program.

The show will take place in the Garibaldi Secondary Theatre and will feature performances by jazz bands, vocal jazz groups, small ensembles, a brass quintet, duets, and a rock band. The Golden Ears Jazz Band will also be stopping by to perform their own musical number for the audience.

The Garibaldi Music Showcase also starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Both concerts will be open to the public, with admission by donation.

Brandon Tucker

About the Author: Brandon Tucker

I have been a journalist since 2013, with much of my career spent covering sports and entertainment stories in Alberta.
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