NEWPORT – People gathered around the Newport City Elementary School gymnasium last Thursday night to listen to the fourth, fifth, and sixth graders play and sing Christmas songs.
The Beginning Band, which included fourth graders, started off the concert by playing "Hot Cross Buns/Merrily We Roll Along." They then played three more songs including "Jingle Bells," which they played along with the Advanced Band (fifth and sixth graders) to end their program.
Next was the Advanced Band playing songs like "B B Rock," "Deck The Halls," "Our Director March," and finally "Christmas Chimes."
After the Advance Band's performance, the Newport City Elementary Majorettes did a short routine to the song "Christmas Conga."
The concert was concluded by the Chorus, which began the program by singing "Whacky Old St. Nicholas (The Ho Ho Ho Song)" using boomwhackers (tuned percussion tubes). Next they sang "Three Kings (Los Tres Santas Reyes), a Puerto Rican Carol that included soloists from both the fourth and sixth grade. They went on to sing four or five more songs before ending the concert with "I Saw Three Ships."