While most of Lakeside High School ’s music programs and performances are separate, the school’s music staff work cooperatively on music education, fundraising and combined concerts. Pictured (L-R): Thomas FitzStephens, chorus director, Daniel MacNamara, music assistant and David Fairchild, director of bands. Photo by Nicholas Carson
Lakeside High School’s music students ring in holiday season
Lakeside High School will hold its annual holiday concert Dec. 13 and 14. Photos by Lynn Kessler
Lakeside High School is set to spread holiday cheer with two free concerts Dec. 13 and 14 from 7-9 p.m.
“This is the 15th year Lakeside High School has presented holiday music concerts,” said Dr. David Fairchild, director of bands. “Our students really enjoy the opportunity to perform with their friends in the other music disciplines, and the performances are eagerly anticipated by the community.”
Along with Fairchild, the band also is under the direction of Assisant Director Daniel MacNamara; The orchestra is under the direction of Tara Buonamici. The chorus is under the direction of Thomas FitzStephens.
The three ensembles will perform separately and together. The performances are free to the public; the school will also accept donations.
“It’s one of the few occasions each year that all of the music students perform together and both shows are really terrific,” said Julie Herron Carson, member of the Lakeside Band Association.
Fairchild describes The Pops Concert, to be held Dec. 13, as “perfect for families” that dress in festive holiday attire. The concert will be held in the school’s gym.
The Gala, on Dec. 14, will be formal with students dressed in tuxedos and long dresses.
“The evenings are purposely designed to present different styles of music, and many people attend both events,” Fairchild said.
Lakeside High School is located at 3801 Briarcliff Road.
What does the band mean to Our students
"Because I was in band camp over the summer when I was a freshman, I started out the year with friends in all grades. It made high school not so scary. I have now been in the band for a couple of years. Marching band is more than performing at football games; we were also in parades for Comic Con and Hawaii's Pearl Harbor Anniversary, I really enjoy marching band. It's a lot of fun!"