Belmont High School: Strikes up the Band this Holiday Season

BELMONT — Dressed in red band jackets and Santa hats, Belmont and Canterbury students have been marching throughout Central New Hampshire performing at parades, festivals and a cabaret this festive season. Directed by Lauren Fountain, the Belmont High School Band stepped off in Concord and then took part in the Downtown Laconia Parade on Saturday, November 30 and the fourth Deck the Village festival in Belmont on Sunday, December 1 at the historic Bandstand.

Also on the slate are appearances at the Franklin Opera House Tree festival on December 6 and Plymouth Parade of December 7. "And just like the song said, we're delighted to be home for the holidays with a seasonal cabaret and our traditional holiday concert," said Mrs. Fountain, Shaker School District faculty member.

Doors open for the December 5 Belmont High School cabaret at 6 p.m. and the event is a fundraiser for band and music programs, with $5 tickets available performance night. Attendees are encouraged to bring a batch of cookies with their recipe to share, in exchange for a raffle ticket. Entertainers include Grade 7/8 and Belmont High School students.

Last Band presentation for the year is at Belmont High School on December 18 at 7 p.m.  All parents, family members and community residents are invited to enjoy festive sounds of the season. In partnership with the Belmont Heritage Commission and John M. Sargent Fund, the Belmont Village Bandstand performance, also featuring the Belmont Elementary School Vocal Ensemble and Dickens Carolers of "Just Love to Sing!" was filmed and cablecast by Lakes Region Public Access, LRPA-TV.