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Choir, Band present Christmas in Carthage

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Christmas in Carthage earned a standing ovation from the audience.

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Panola College continued its holiday tradition on Tuesday, Dec. 5, with a 30th anniversary presentation of Christmas in Carthage at the Civic Center. In addition to the Panola College Chorale, Pipers, and Band, the extravaganza featured performances by the Carthage Primary Choir, Rowe Performing Arts dancers, Project String Power, and Bro. Freddy Mason.

The program included “We All Need a Little Christmas,” “Grown Up Christmas List,” “White Christmas,” “Veni, Veni, Emmanuel,” “Waltz of the Flowers,” “I’d Rather Have My Baby Here for Christmas,” “Christmas Bits and Pieces,” “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” “There’s Still My Joy,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Jing-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling,” “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “One Solitary Life,” and “A Christmas Festival.”

“Christmas in Carthage was conceived by the late Larry Brumley, who led the Panola College Choral Department for many years,” said Sandra Bauer, Vocal Music Professor and director of the Panola College Chorale and Pipers.

Originally, Christmas in Carthage was a dinner event followed by a performance by the Panola College Pipers. Under the direction of Bauer and Dwaine Hubbard, Panola College band director, Christmas in Carthage has expanded to involve fine arts organizations from the community.

“For many Carthage residents, this was the highlight of the Christmas season. We are excited to be able to present this program 30 years after the debut of the original Christmas in Carthage and hope to continue the legacy of excellence that was begun by those who came before us,” Hubbard said.

The Carthage Primary Choir was under the direction of Debbie Miller. The Project String Power performance was directed by Leonard Kacenjar.

Shannon James, a journalism student and member of the Panola Pipers, produced the Christmas Humor video featuring vocal music students. The journalism department produced the welcome video featuring Dr. Greg Powell.

Band members participating included Esmeralda Acosta, Ma’Kayla Campbell, Jessica Coats, Maricruz Gonzalez, Savana Hanaway, Julie Hernandez, Alexandria Lavender, Mallory Sims and Madison Youngblood, all on flute. Playing clarinet were Jazmin Alvarado, Emily Averitt, Chelsea Ener, Taylor Hughes, Marissa Jones, Kirsten Mayfield, Perla Perez, Kaci Griffin, Samantha Stilley, and Megan Gilley. On bassoon was Whitney Thomas.

Saxophone players included Kassi Orbaugh, Elijah Johnson and James Lilly. Playing trumpet were Kaleb Baker, Alexis Barlow, America Cabriales, Michael Harding, Sheldon Holt, Casey McMullen, Vincent Raybon, Scott Rogers, Maggie Sims, and Josh Wood. French horn performers included Sarah Allen, Tarsheanna Bauer, Tessa Griego, and Alexis Salas. On trombone were Jaime Gonzalez, Matthew Hardding, Brandon Harris, Carrie Hudman, Tressie Key, Akesh Patel, and Urias Quetzala.

Baritone players include Jaqui Alejaldre, Cole Donald, Andres Leon, Vanessa Rodriguez, Lirio Rodriguez, Shantanell Stephens, Colby Taylor, Delaina Truitt, and William Yaws. On tuba were A.J. Bowers, Aaron Nolan, Ty Osborn, Daniel Quetzala, and Derrick Wade Weaver. Percussion players are Godwin Adewale, Michael Isalesin, Israel Keshinro, Valarie Kirkwood, Emmauel Ogunfuwa, Tya Roberts, Nicklaus Powell, Moses Sangowoye, Benjamin Smith, and Hunter Stilley. On piano was Rachel Mukueyi, and on bass guitar was Branton Reeves.

The Panola College Chorale members include Oluwaseyi Adedayo, Susan Adewale, Ronke Ajoniloju, Funminiyo Alabi, Lily Allphin, Emily Averitt, Michael Awotula, Tarsheanna Bauer, Meosha Brown, Shelby Brown, Destiny Buffin, Ahmadreion Casel, Loren Caserta, Zakayla Cooper, Hannah Cortinas, Kaitlyn Cox, Kassidee Cox, Afrikina Dotson, Charles Felix, Brittany Fendall, Jamya Gossett, Emma Harden, Lauren Harris, Tyesha High, Dwaine Hubbard, Carrie Hudman, Madison Hudson, Shannon James, Kacia Johnson, Whiteny Kenani, Jenna King, Valarie Kirkwood, Hunter Moon, Samantha Murphey, Aaron Nolan, Bamise “Esther” Oderinde, Kassi Orbaugh, Osamudiamen Oriakhi, Walker Pahlman, Pamela Painter, Kyana Reagan, Tya Roberts, Autumn Romine, Mia Sartor, Maggie Sims, Ahna Stacy, Christion Taylor, Jamecia Taylor, Sydnee Taylor, Whitney Thomas, De’Andra Traylor, Keairra Ware, and Kaitlyn Westbrook.

In addition to the photos included in the Pony Express, another gallery is available at 2017 Panola College Christmas in Carthage.

 

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