Lyons Middle/High School Concerts:
Wednesday, Dec 8:
Band concert in the NEW AUDITORIUM! Visitors came at 6:30p.m. to walk through the space, and the concert began at 7p.m. There was a 20 minute audio visual presentation showing the progress of the construction of the auditorium, and thanking of many people!
The concert began with an original piece by a past Middle School band director, now an internationally known composer, Kirk Vogel, “Redstone Revelry.”
The High School Jazz Band performed next, with soloists Jack Johann, Jack Knapp, Arjen Wynja, and Jordan Bronsberger. A fun piece “Diary of a Grumpy Elf,” was narrated by Kevin Schafer, and done by the Middle School beginning band. This was the first-ever concert for the 6th graders, and the band director took the audience through the process of learning each note. The Advanced band, who learned to play their instruments over a monitor screen during COVID lockdown, performed a Renaissance Festival. The evening was appropriately closed out with a performance of “Joy.”
One attendee reported that all but about 30 seats were filled in the new auditorium’s opening night, and in the end “we gave them a standing ovation, and we clapped until our hands hurt.”
Monday, Dec 13:
Choir concert in the NEW AUDITORIUM! Doors opened at 6:30pm, music started at 7pm. The Middle School Semester Choir, Middle School Year-long Choir, the High School Combined Choirs, and the High School Show Choir performed six Holiday pieces, including “One Little Candle,” with soloist Carmen Dumbauld. Old favorites like “Auld Lang Syne,” and “The Polar Express” were performed. And, there were some fancy dance steps included! It ended with combined choirs performing “Sleigh Ride,” leaving the audience a tune to hum on the way home. Allison Zema was the conductor and Liz Nelson pianist.
Wednesday, Dec 15:
Jazz Band at WILDFLOWER PAVILION at Planet Bluegrass. Included was a food truck and bar. In keeping with the school’s practices, they shared this concert with Westview Middle School’s Jazz Band. On the mild winter night, they packed the venue. Doors open at 6p.m. and music started at 7p.m.
Pieces performed: On Green Dolphin Street=Soloists: =Satin Doll=Soloists:=La Noche del Burrito Picante=Soloists:=A String of Pearls=Soloists:=You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch=Soloists; =Back Home Again in Indiana=Soloists:=Santa Baby=Soloists:=That’s It!
Soloists: Jack J, Jack K, Arjen/Jorda=
Director Karen Gregg said, “Totally blown away by tonight’s inaugural concert in our new auditorium. I’m not going to sleep at all tonight as I’ll be up trying to re-live all of the magical moments. There are a million people I need to thank but at the top of my list are Allison Zema, my wingman in every way, and Kirk Vogel, a mentor, friend, and one of the kindest people I will ever be lucky enough to know. Kirk wrote a thrilling fanfare in honor of the inauguration of the new auditorium. One of the most amazing gifts I have ever received. The community of Lyons is unlike any I have ever known and I am proud to my core to call it home. Thank you to the whole community for passing the 2016 bond that made the auditorium possible.” All concerts were free!
The band also performed music and marched in the Lyons Holiday Parade — And they went to local businesses to perform Christmas music to the delight of shop owners and customers! (Pictured are: Wilma Spencer, Rose Crawford, and Elsie Thomas. )
Band Director Karen Gregg
Under the direction of Dr. Karen Gregg, the Lyons school bands have won consistent “superior” awards at Regional Competitions over the years.
The Great Flood of 2013 threatened to stop our 98 high school band and choir students from participating in a long-anticipated trip to Grand Junction for the Colorado West Music Festival. Many of the students’ families were displaced and/or experiencing financial hardships. She helped put on a fundraiser that made it possible.
Then during COVID 2020 lockdown period the school went into home-schooling, and also in the fall of 2021, they had hybrid learning. The 6th graders had to learn to play by watching a screen, over the two years. Gregg addressed the fact that “the band & choir programs had unique needs to ensure student safety due to the nature of aerosol dispersion when playing instruments or singing.” and she sought out donations of “needed items to make instrument-friendly face masks and instrument covers.”
She also runs an annual band fundraising program in December, selling door wreaths and poinsettias thru Lyons local Living Arts Floral Designs.
She also has directed them in performing in Lyons Halloween Parades and Holiday Parades, and, Longmont Veteran’s Day Parades.