As the holiday season comes to greet children and adults alike, Santa and his elves aren’t the ones spreading holiday cheer. Instead, student musicians from Perkiomen Valley High School had spread the gift of music for all to hear during the weekend of December 7 and 8.
The first event took place at the ARC of Montgomery County’s Annual Breakfast with Santa in Eagleville, PA on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 9am-11pm. According to their website, The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and serving them and their families. The four brass students that performed were Matthew Tremba, Brent Clelland, Garrett Ryan, and Dylan Smith.
The four musicians presented the holiday music for the children and their families who attended the breakfast listened to the holiday music the students arranged with brass quartet arrangements.
The second holiday music event occurred on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 2pm in Lansdale at the Railroad Park Plaza. The students that performed in this concert were Garrett Ryan, Theo Roberts, Melissa Bernardin, Ishan Agrahar, Matthew Tremba, Ian DeGuzman, and Arianne Alfonso accompanied by Mr. Overholtzer.
This event in Lansdale known as “TubaChristmas” has occurred for 20 years is dedicated for Christmas music played by instruments in the Tuba family like the tuba, baritones, sousaphone, and euphonium. The concert features a competition called the “Best Decorated Instrument” where the musicians can dress one of their instruments in holiday gear,
Mr. Overholtzer won one of the awards for his dressed up tuba. The tuba was dressed in a red and green elf costume that included its own shoes and hat.
The holiday music performed by the brass musicians has given memories for the Montgomery County community each year. The music department of Perkiomen Valley High School will continue to attend the events in the future in order to spread the joy of the holidays.