Newnan High School’s bands, directed by Dr. Josh Boyd and Andrew Lightner, rang in the Christmas season last week with a musical gift to the community – two concerts in the school auditorium.
The Symphonic Band performed holiday classics, with one piece – “Oh Christmas Three” – under the baton of guest conductor Anthony Lowe. Lowe is a senior at Newnan who plans to study music, as is Malena Powers, who conducted the same piece in a second concert by the Newnan High School Symphonic Winds.
The evening featured special performances by the Percussion Ensemble and the Trumpet Ensemble, led by Lightner and Boyd. Soloist Matthew Ginn entertained the audience with his performance of “A Cricket Came and Set the Sun.”
Students not only served as guest conductors and performers but introduced each song. During both concerts, Boyd recognized members of the newly formed Tri-M Music Honors Society, musicians who advanced to the second round of All-State auditions and band members who already have achieved their yearly performance standards in the first semester.
A highlight of the evening was the Symphonic Winds premiere of composer Brad Jackson’s “Celestial Skies.” Jackson was on hand to conduct the piece, which he said is his musical interpretation of what was happening in heaven during the birth of Jesus.