The Centralia High School gym’s east bleachers were filled to near capacity Wednesday night and the CHS Band performed its annual winter concert.
“Band gives students an opportunity and the ability to express themselves artistically,” said Laura Gash after the concert as parents and administrators line up to congratulate CHS Band director Kim Neighbors on the performance. “They also learn how to work together. It’s not just a class, it is a group of people learning to perform and accomplish together and with commitment. It’s pretty special.”
For many of the students, band is a family tradition.
“Oh yes,” said “Alexis Hudson, whose daughter Rebecca plays the flute in CHS’ 60-member band. “She, Rebecca is playing my flute from high school. Music is one of the best things because it expresses your imagination and inner beauty.”
“It has been a good year,” Neighbors said. “It’s been very busy. They have been working hard. This year we had 17 students make conference band and five students make district band.”
The band is growing and learning, Neighbors said. “The band is more confident, more prepared for performances than last year.”
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