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Fa la la la la, its time to learn Christmas songs

Taking over the pitch pipe from


now retired music teacher Mary
Law, Mark Twain fifth grade teacher
Christina Bourne is now in charge of
the coordination with other music
teachers to prepare the beloved annual
program.

When asked if the kids enjoy singing


on the capitol steps, she enthuses,
This is a very exciting event for the
children. Its also exciting for the
families and the citizens who come
out to enjoy the annual festive kick-off
for the holiday season. In 2015, it is
estimated over 3,000 listened to the
sweet sounds of the well-rehearsed
fifth graders.

A Carson City native and graduate of


Carson High, Bourne obtained her BA
and Masters degrees from UNR and
has been teaching for 15 years, 13 of
which have been in the Carson City
School District.

The music teachers truly enjoy


bringing our groups together for city
wide events, and it is an honor to have
our students selected to take part in
this wonderful way to celebrate the
holidays, adds Bourne.

While the fifth graders are the stars of


the show, the post show presented on
the McFadden Plaza Stage (formerly

Third Street) will equally set the


mood for the season and shouldnt be
missed.

year will be the street caroling by the


Sierra Lutheran High School Carolers
who will be going from business-tobusiness to bring musical joy.

The Carson Middle School band,


Yes, downtown Carson City will be the
conducted by Carson Middle School
place to be on Friday evening, Dec. 2.
Band Director Nick Jacques will
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perform holiday favorites. Carson
High Choral Music Educator
Andy Sonnemakerss
Chamber Choir will sing
favorite carols and the
colorful Youth Theater
Carson City Showstoppers,
directed by Artistic
Director Andie Anderson,
will delight the audience.
The Showstoppers are so
talented they were selected
from schools and companies
from all over the country to
perform at Disneyland this
past March.
Mark Twain teacher Christina Bourne leads her 5th
And, new to the festival this graders in song.

The enthusiastic Carson


Middle School Marching Band

The very talented 2016-2017


Showstoppers

Conducted by Nick
Jacques

Jesse Goldberg

Jacqueline Puett
Adam Richetta

Conducted by Andie
Anderson

Madisen Aragon

Emma Hataway
Bahar Jazani

Samuel Sanchez

Matthew Jones

Kayla Taylor

Gabriel Madera

Jashmeen Thind

Abigail Marschner

Emma Thomsen

Tristan McDonald

Nathan Thornton

Hailee Meservey

Ethan Valdez

Donavan Peterson

Chloe Vasquez

Ryan Pitman

Madeline Wolz

Slade Pronk

Jasmine Wong-Fortunato

Kendall McDonald,

Carson Middle School


Band Director Nick Jacques
rehearses with his
marching band

Cameron Miller,

McKenna Coleman
Emma Doty
Kaitlyn Edge
Marissa Espinoza
Malia Fazzio

Serena Dantzler,
Makayla Hernandez,
Rebecca Hughey,

Anna Roylance,

Sophie Wahl,

Olivia Martin,

Leah Roylance,

Jalina Whitne

Kaitlyn McDonald,
Kallie McDonald,
Stephanie Melsheimer,

Josh Nichols,
Jocelyn Pedersen,
Ava Ponczoch,
Jinnie Ponczoch,

Clarissa Quintana,

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Bourne states, I begin preparing


my students for this event (Silver &
Snowflakes) in early November. We
rehearse 45-minutes once a week.

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ince early November,


dedicated music teachers
at local elementary
schools have been teaching their
energetic fifth graders Christmas
songs in preparation for the annual
Silver & Snowflakes Festival of Lights
concert to be held on the Capitol
steps beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday,
December 2nd.