Monday’s week of arts began with the LAPS All-District Choir led by LAHS and LAMS Choir Director Jason Rutledge. Courtesy/LAPS
Tuesday events included the LAHS woodwind ensemble, brass choir, full band, and flag color-guard performances. Courtesy/LAPS
Los Alamos Public Schools hosted a week of performances to showcase the arts and celebrate its students’ growing skills in music and dance.
The week began Monday evening with the LAPS All-District Choir led by LAHS and LAMS Choir Director Jason Rutledge. Music accompaniment was provided by elementary music teachers Kelsey Cline and Kim LeTellier. LAHS senior Devon McCleskey was featured as a student conductor. The kazoo and nasal choral song was one of the audience’s favorite numbers.
Tuesday featured the High School woodwind ensemble, brass choir, full band, and flag color-guard performances.
On Wednesday, LAMS Jazz Band and LA Jazz Project, led by LAMS music teacher Ryan Finn performed and entertained the audience with many jazz and holiday favorites. The LA Jazz Choir included Nora Cullinan, Devon McCleskey, Emily Hopkins, Bella Saeger, and Sarah Russell.
The Los Alamos District Orchestra continued with the holiday spirit with their performance at Smith Auditorium on Wednesday. LAHS Winter Dance Show was featured on Thursday at Smith Auditorium. Ms. Natasha’s dancers provided a wide variety of styles. Guests on this program included the LAHS Dance Club (Bollywood), YMCA Kathak, the LAHS Color Guard, The Inverse Reo (Hip-Hop), New Mexico Dance Theater and a beautiful “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” with DALA’s Melina Burnside.
The Week of the Arts concluded Sunday when the Los Alamos High School Marching Band hosted the Jingle Bell Rock ‘N Run Fundraiser to raise money for their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. The fun run included a choice of 5K or 1 mile runs and is modeled after the popular Rock and Roll marathons featuring live music along the routes. Students from LAHS and Los Alamos Middle School played holiday tunes for the runners. The runs started and finished at LAMS.
The Governor’s Office nominated the ‘Topper Marching Band’ to play July 4, 2016 in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Proceeds from Sunday’s race will offset costs to send nearly 100 students to the Nation’s Capital to represent the state of New Mexico.
The comedic showstopper ‘Follow the Leader’ featuring Eben Bold, Nicolas Dowdy, John Dimarino, and John Rees take turns leading, following and lifting each other. Courtesy/LAPS