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Western High school Stages "Snow Show" December 13, 14



December 7, 2016   

Contact: Pat Karlak

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Western High School Stages Annual ‘Snow Show’

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA — For nearly three decades, Western High School has been hitting all the right notes with its annual “Snow Show” concerts.

The 28th event, which is set for December 13 and 14 at the campus theater, is being staged by instrumental music director Sandra Hench and choral music director Paul Wargo. It was started by Mr. Wargo and Bob Anthony, a retired longtime instrumental music director who was at Western before closing out his career at Kennedy High School.

“It’s well liked and well attended, an enjoyable evening for all,” Mr. Wargo said. “It's also a chance for many small ensembles and soloists to show-off their skills.”

For the teachers, the Snow Show also provides the backdrop for other lessons.

“It's great opportunity as a teacher to expose the students to songs from the great American treasury of music, while teaching the kids about U.S. culture and the similarities to their own cultures, in some cases,” Mr. Wargo said.

Both teachers say the holidays are a favorite time of year, which helps them communicate the joy of the season musically.

“The music itself is usually about feeling of giving, joy, and happiness,” Ms. Hench said. “I like to bring that feeling of sharing and the gift of music with my students and their families. Music has always been at the center of my family and it is a passion that we still share.” 

Mr. Wargo has three choirs performing. Each will present their own selections, from classical music to contemporary favorites. His favorite?

“I love so many of them, but the kids’ favorite is an arrangement of Silent Night by Rhonda Polay. Rhonda is an accomplished composer, singer, and choral conductor who lives in Los Alamitos,” he said. “She is the wife of Frank Pooler, who wrote the lyrics to the holiday classic, "Merry Christmas, Darling," with Richard Carpenter, from the world famous "Carpenters" duo.” The women of the show choir, Vocal Motion, will be performing that song.

Meanwhile, the band will be performing "The Nightmare Before Christmas,” 

“I have been a Danny Elfman fan since I was in high school,” Ms. Hench said. “I love his music from Oingo Boingo and on into all his film soundtracks. Many of my students are very fond of the movie our music is from. So it is easy to motivate the kids to perform their best on this song.”

Ms. Hench explained that while the Pioneer Regiment is the marching band, in the concert season it becomes two different bands—a concert band and a symphonic band. 

“We come together one more time for the Snow Show,” she said. “We have to learn new holiday music as soon as the marching ends, and prepare it all in just two weeks.”

On Tuesday, December 13, when the concert features the choirs, the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Wednesday, December 14, band performance will start at 7 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased at the door. $8 adults, $5 students.

Here's a short list of some of tunes that will be performed:

That's What I Want for Christmas

Gloria-Franz Joseph Haydn

The 12 Days of Christmas

All I Want for Christmas is You--Alayna Reyes-Trujillo (soloist)

O Holy Night-Elijah Brandquist (soloist)

Silent Night-Skylar Schnakenberg, Savanna Cross, Karen Ortega (soloists)

Last Christmas-Nekira Samuel, Jean-Claude Cubias (duet)

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year-Nellie DeLoza and Dianna Perez (soloists)

Here is a list of the music the band will be performing:


String Orchestra -

     Beethoven, Inc

     A Festival of Lights

     Chicken Foot Transplant

     Jingle Rock


 Combined Bands -

     From The Realms of Glory

     The Nightmare Before Christmas


Pioneer Regiment with Western Color Guard

     2016 Field Show: "Of Legends and Valor"

        “Into The Dragons Keep” by Sarah A. Smith

         “Of Chivalry and Valor” by David Faleris

         “Of Castles and Legends” by Thomas Doss

 “Raid On Leonesse” (From the movie “First Knight”) by Jerry Goldsmith