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Valleyview Middle School Band Performs Winter Concert

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DENVILLE, NJ-- The Valleyview Middle School band performed their winter concert for an audience filled with family, friends, and teachers. The concert was the first show of the season. 

While the groups each had a turn to play some songs alone, the concert started out in patriotic fashion with the combined Valleyview Viking and Valleyview Crusader Bands played The Star Spangled Banner. The rest of the concert was filled with holiday music.

The Valleyview Crusader band played a mix of holiday tunes starting with Dreidl Adventure, followed by December Sky, and the grand finale of Bobsled Run. Lisa Pheysey, Valleyview Band Director told the audience that the show was inspired by her love for nature, especially around the hiking trips that she takes in the month of December.

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"I wish we could have practiced more but I love playing the drums," Lauren Koppelmann said excitedly after the show.

Both bands were given a break when the Valleyview Jazz Band played their set. The jazz band, made up of 11 students treated the audience to a few classics. From Smoke On The Water as their opening number, the group treated the crowd to a rousing rendition of Hot Chocolate from The Polar Express, but a jazz band performance would not be complete without Louie, Louie.

The Valleyview Viking Band got their chance to shine last. The group is made up of 19 students and includes instruments such as the flute, drums, trumpet, and alto saxophone. Through performances of Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, The Moon of Winter, and Conquista, the audience was very lively. Both groups joined once again for the finale song, Sleigh Ride. 

Seventh grade flute player Katie Stone, was excited to perform. She noted that the group practiced very hard, but the outcome of the concert couldn't have been better.

"We practiced hard, but I thought the performance was great. We had a lot of fun playing all together for our parents for the first time this year," Stone said.

Valleyview's chorus will get their turn to bring some holiday cheer as their concert comes to the auditorium on Dec. 9.

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