All of the parish high and middle school bands joined together last Thursday for an evening of holiday cheer and music.
The West Baton Rouge Parish school system held their fourth annual Christmas Concert December 13, at the Addis Community Center as bands from Port Allen and Brusly high schools, and Port Allen, Brusly and Devall middle schools played a Christmas concert to entertain the hundreds in attendance.
“Several years ago, our band programs at our high schools didn’t have great participation, and we made a concerted effort to have quality within our band programs and to try to supplement the high school programs with feeder programs at the middle schools,” WBR Superintendent David Corona said. “To sum it up real quickly, it’s been a huge success.”
Corona said that the quality of the band programs under the direction of William Mulina (Port Allen High School), Anthony Hollins (Brusly High and Middle schools), and James Bourdier (Port Allen and Devall middle schools) is phenomenal.
“It’s phenomenal when you see several hundred kids from five different bands playing together and the quality is so good. It just does your heart good. It’s something that you can just take great pride in,” Corona said.
He said that the number of students involved in band at both parish high schools has grown throughout the past few years, and he is proud of the quality of the programs.
“These kids at both high schools are really, really good. And it’s just like anything else that goes on at a high school, it’s something that’s healthy and it’s wholesome and it supplements the academics with extracurricular activities,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to excel outside of the classroom, and they do.”