On Wednesday, Dec. 11, senior Andrew De La Cruz performs his solo for Jazz Ensemble at the Winter Concert. The Jazz Ensemble performed three songs: “God Rest Ye Merry Trombones”, “Oh, Holy Night”, and “Perdido”.

Serene Gallardo , Community Section Editor

Downey High held its annual winter concert on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Downey Civic theatre, featuring the school’s music ensembles.


Music directors Corneliu Olairu and Matthew Fell’s music ensembles came together at the theatre for a 2-hour performance off campus. The concert began at 7 p.m., starting with Olairu’s jazz band. After performing “A Big Band Christmas,” a compilation of snippets of traditional Christmas carols and “Silent Night,” Fell’s beginning choir – the Viking Singers – went up.


“Beginning choir’s pretty fun, but you have to put a lot of work into it. We did good though, especially in “Joyful, Joyful” – we had amazing soloists,” sophomore Lorilynn Perez, a first-time member of the beginning choir, said.


Soon after the Viking Singers, the Epic Jazz Choir – directed by Olairu – performed. Their time on stage began with a performance of “Cool Yule,” featuring multiple scat solos and followed with 4 traditional Christmas carols – two in Romanian. Afterwards the jazz ensemble performed, with a trombone-centered rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and two more carols.


Intermission followed the jazz choir’s performance, and during it, band held its traditional auction in which the highest bidder guest conducts the last song of their set – this year, “Bravura March.”


“There were parts we practiced on a lot; we played most of it pretty good. Of course, some parts weren’t as good, but overall, we were content,” flutist Alexis Guerra, 10, said. “The guest conductor bid about $300 to our auction, so we were really grateful for that. It broke the all time record for our band auctions.”


Crescendo!, Fell’s advanced choir started their set with “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” featuring three soloists. After two more songs, concert band went up once more to play two more songs – and set up in preparation for the encore. At the very end of the show, all choirs and the concert band came together to perform “Rejoice,” a lengthy arrangement of Christmas carols, all meshed into one. The concert ended at roughly 9 p.m.


“‘Rejoice’ came out good,” sophomore Tahiti Salinas said. “This is my first year in Crescendo!, but I think I – and we – did good working with the other choirs regardless.”


Downey High’s music department performed festive songs this season, wrapping up the year as is their annual tradition.