Winter concert delights Andes community

By Cheryl Petersen
Turning to the audience with a big grin on her face, Band Director Tamara Titch asked, “Aren’t they great?” The audience applauded in agreement. The Andes Central School students indeed had the energy and talent to perform a fantastic Winter Concert, along with Tamara Titch and Choral Director, Sandra Reynolds, both teaching for 10 years, and piano accompanist, Janice Armstrong.
The Winter Concert was a medley of upbeat, exquisite music and sounds. Cross-cultural tunes brought in the Huron Carol, “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,” a Canadian Christmas hymn written centuries ago.
An English translation of the Spanish Carol, “Rau, Rau, Chiu,” was sung with the intent to welcome in the Christmas spirit and hope it lasts all year. “Eight Days and Nights” honored Hanukah. And, “I Saw Three Ships” (English carol), and “A Welsh Noel” embraced the sea and other side of the world.

The set list
The bands belted out “Best of the Beaties,” “A Sleigh Ride”, and “Holiday Sampler.” The audience was treated to “Silent Night”, complete with tone chimes. “The students came during 10th period to practice with the tone chimes, which are used in place of bells yet still very nice,” said Reynolds.
During the school year, private instrumental lessons are given by Tamara Titch every six days during the school day. Choir students practice singing as part of the recreational program, in class, and after school. “The performers also participate in All County, Area All-State, and New York State School Music Association throughout the year, besides the joint concerts held twice in the year,” said Titch.
In order to entice the younger students into the music program, during the Winter Concert, drums were brought out and younger children were invited to drum while the band played “African Adventure.”