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ECTC band, RES students to perform holiday show

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By Kelly Cantrall

Students across the age and education spectrum are coming together to show that holiday cheer knows no generation.

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The ECTC Band “EleCTriC” will be performing, along with the Radcliff Elementary School choir, a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Student Center on campus. This is the first year for the band to perform its own holiday concert.

Band director Kevin Shank said his students were eager to have their own holiday showcase. Shank requires the band to perform at least twice in a semester and this will be its sixth show.

The band will perform songs in the pop/rock genre, including numbers from Bruce Springsteen and Chicago, as well as some classics like “Sleigh Ride.”

Shank was interested in incorporating children into the show as well.

“To me, Christmas is the kids. It’s all about the kids,” he said.

A member of the band, Amber Bruce, has a daughter who is a member of the Radcliff Elementary choir and recommended them to accompany the band in the show.

Choir director Joanie Cottrell said she and the students were excited to be asked to be a part of the show at ECTC.

“I thought of it as an honor and good exposure for my students,” Cottrell said. This will be the first time the students have performed with a live band.

Bruce said she is excited for this opportunity for her daughter and her classmates. The band can show them that an interest in music can last a lifetime.

“I thought it was awesome that we could collaborate,” she said.

Cottrell said the show can allow the students to begin keeping college in mind.

“I just think it’s exciting to show the kids all the opportunities that are there for the them in the future,” she said.

Fourth-grader David Herrada said he is most excited to perform in front of people. The band will perform at the school as well Dec. 6.

“It’s going to be a great experience,” Herrada said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.