Big Rapids elementary schools to perform holiday concerts

BIG RAPIDS — Riverview and Brookside elementary school students will show what they have learned in music class during upcoming holiday concerts.

Both concerts will feature second- through fourth-grade students and will take place in the Big Rapids High School auditorium.

Riverview students will perform on Monday, Dec. 5, and Brookside students will take the stage the next night. Both concerts begin at 6 p.m. with second-graders, followed by third-graders at 6:40 p.m. and fourth-graders at 7:20 p.m.

“The concerts are going to be a good mix of Christmas music, winter music and Hanukkah music,” said Jeanna Lamar. “Each grade is going to do four or five songs.”

Lamar is the music teacher for both Brookside and Riverview. This is her first year as the music teacher.

“It is a lot of fun,” she said about her job. “I am having an awesome time as a new teacher in the Big Rapids school district. This was the job I was hoping for.”

Lamar hopes to bring more to the concerts by having the students sing and use instruments, scarves and stretchy bands to create the music or cue musical changes.

“The fourth-graders will use boomwhackers, which are tubes pitched to different notes,” she said.

A boomwhacker is a type of percussion instrument.

“It’s one thing to let the kids get up and sing, but we do a lot of different things in class,” Lamar said. “I hope families are going to be amazed and really get a glimpse of what we do in music class.”


Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at

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