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Washington Elementary music students shine under the bright lights

  • Charles City first graders from Washington Elementary perform the song “Snowman, Where’d You Go?” Thursday at the Winter Concert at North Grand Auditorium. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Elementary music teacher and vocal concert director Alexis Whealy talks to a packed house of parents Thursday during the Winter Concert at North Grand Auditorium. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • “Man, those lights are bright.” For most Charles City first-graders, Thursday was their first time performing on stage under the bright theater lights at the Washington Elementary 1st and 2nd grade Winter Concert in front of a packed house at North Grand Auditorium. (Press photo James Grob.)

By James Grob,

A packed house of parents were thrilled to watch their first- and second-grade children perform under the bright lights at North Grand Auditorium last Thursday at the Washington Elementary Winter Concert, entitled “Snow Party.”

The students showed off much of what they’ve learned under the direction of music teacher Alexis Whealy, as the second-graders kicked off the show with their “Hello Song” and then put on a student knowledge demonstration. The second-graders performed “Kye Kye Kule,” an African greeting song, which featured some instrumental solos, then performed the songs “Footprints” and “Perfect Winter Day” by Teresa and Paul Jennings.

The first-graders then took the stage — for many their first time performing under the theater lights — and performed “Hello Song” and put on another music knowledge demonstration, led by Whealy. They followed that with the songs “Snowman, Where’d You Go?” “Capo De Nieve” and “See You Later.”