Bend Area students perform benefit concert


By Mindy Kearns - Special to OVP



The New Haven Elementary Choir, under the direction of Kimberly Bond, performed various holiday numbers at the Bend Area Christmas Concert Saturday at Wahama.

The New Haven Elementary Choir, under the direction of Kimberly Bond, performed various holiday numbers at the Bend Area Christmas Concert Saturday at Wahama.


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The Wahama High School Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew Bradley, was one of several that performed Saturday night at the high school during a benefit Christmas Concert.


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Members of the Wahama High School Chorus, under the direction of Rachel Reynolds, is pictured during the benefit Christmas Concert at the school on Saturday evening.


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Jayla Simpkins was one of several piano students under the direction of Rachel Reynolds, who performed during the Christmas Concert Saturday evening at Wahama High School.


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Trace Tennant is shown performing “Jingle Bells” on the ukulele, accompanied by Rachel Reynolds, during the Christmas Concert at Wahama Saturday evening. The concert was a benefit for the family of Kaycee Rainey, a New Haven Elementary School staff member, who passed away due to COVID-19.


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MASON, W.Va. — Nearly $1,200 was raised for the family of Kaycee Rainey when Wahama High School and New Haven Elementary School music and visual arts departments joined for a benefit Christmas Concert Saturday.

Rainey was a staff member at New Haven Elementary School and passed away recently due to COVID-19.

Participating in the concert were the Wahama High School Chorus, Wahama White Falcon Concert Band, Wahama Arts Department, New Haven Elementary School Band, and New Haven Elementary School Choir, as well as several piano students. Originally slated to be held in the Bachtel Football Stadium under the stars, the evening performances had to be moved to the gymnasium due to inclement weather.

The concert began with the fifth and sixth grade band, performing “Up on the Housetop,” “Jolly Old St. Nick,” and “Jingle Bells.” The elementary school band, as well as the Wahama concert band, is under the direction of Matthew Bradley.

The high school band performed “Carol of the Bells,” and “Christmas Spectacular Explosion.” A percussion and wind ensemble was featured in an arrangement by the band director of “O Christmas Tree,” and Bradley also arranged a rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” for a brass ensemble.

The New Haven Elementary School Choir is under the direction of Kimberly Bond, and members sang “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls.” Following the high school chorus song of “Snow Globe,” under the direction of Rachel Reynolds, the combined choirs joined for additional holiday numbers.

Also featured during the evening were student piano recitals, under the direction of Reynolds. Pianists included Mady Freeman, Jayla Simpkins, Zaylee Wood, Kailey Day, Raighanne Fields, Brooke Denkenberger, Madison Edwards, Jonathan Roush, Stephanie Sexton, Delani Warth, Jesse Lavender, and Emma Knapp. A ukulele recital was given by Trace Tennant, accompanied by Reynolds on piano.

The high school visual arts department presented a slide show in between the bands and choirs, under the direction of Susan Parrish, and assisted by Madison Edwards and Peyton Ingels. The show featured students from grades seven through twelve. Several additional art pieces were placed along the entrance to the gymnasium.

The live musical event was the first at the school since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bend Area C.A.R.E. partners with the schools each year to hold the benefit.

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The New Haven Elementary Choir, under the direction of Kimberly Bond, performed various holiday numbers at the Bend Area Christmas Concert Saturday at Wahama.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2021/12/web1_12.15-C1.jpgThe New Haven Elementary Choir, under the direction of Kimberly Bond, performed various holiday numbers at the Bend Area Christmas Concert Saturday at Wahama. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

The Wahama High School Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew Bradley, was one of several that performed Saturday night at the high school during a benefit Christmas Concert.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2021/12/web1_12.15-C2.jpgThe Wahama High School Concert Band, under the direction of Matthew Bradley, was one of several that performed Saturday night at the high school during a benefit Christmas Concert. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

Members of the Wahama High School Chorus, under the direction of Rachel Reynolds, is pictured during the benefit Christmas Concert at the school on Saturday evening.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2021/12/web1_12.15-C3.jpgMembers of the Wahama High School Chorus, under the direction of Rachel Reynolds, is pictured during the benefit Christmas Concert at the school on Saturday evening. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

Jayla Simpkins was one of several piano students under the direction of Rachel Reynolds, who performed during the Christmas Concert Saturday evening at Wahama High School.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2021/12/web1_12.15-C5.jpgJayla Simpkins was one of several piano students under the direction of Rachel Reynolds, who performed during the Christmas Concert Saturday evening at Wahama High School. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

Trace Tennant is shown performing “Jingle Bells” on the ukulele, accompanied by Rachel Reynolds, during the Christmas Concert at Wahama Saturday evening. The concert was a benefit for the family of Kaycee Rainey, a New Haven Elementary School staff member, who passed away due to COVID-19.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2021/12/web1_12.16-C4.jpgTrace Tennant is shown performing “Jingle Bells” on the ukulele, accompanied by Rachel Reynolds, during the Christmas Concert at Wahama Saturday evening. The concert was a benefit for the family of Kaycee Rainey, a New Haven Elementary School staff member, who passed away due to COVID-19. Mindy Kearns | Courtesy

By Mindy Kearns

Special to OVP

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at [email protected]

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at [email protected]