The Vanier Catholic Secondary School students Miles Correos, back row on the left, Naomi Viney, Cecelia Dejesus, Emily Knickle, and Grace Gibbs, front row on the left, Maya Ayotte, and Erin Campbell are in the Vanier Vocal Group. They will be performing at the school’s Arts and Culture Night at the Yukon Arts Centre. PHOTO: Kim Hart

My name is Clare and I am in Grade 10 at Vanier Catholic Secondary School (VCSS).
I play guitar, bass guitar, drums and sing in Pass Over the Moon, one of the school’s rock bands.

We have five different music programs that run all year: Beginner Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Rock Band, and Choir. Each group rehearses three hours per week, at lunch and after school. Mrs. Kimberly Hart works very hard to make every class exciting and educational.

This year we have a new approach to Vanier’s Christmas Concert. We are incorporating all of the arts, from visual to culinary, musical to dramatic, in a night of seasonal celebration. The event is called the VCSS Arts and Culture Night and it takes place on Dec. 8 at the Yukon Arts Centre.

Come early to hear music in the front lobby performed by three Vanier students: Kevin McLachlan, Nicole Gauvin, and Julia Frasher.

Prior to the show, there will also be student art displays, Christmas art cards to fundraise for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Christmas culinary creations for sale, and an opportunity to donate to Typhoon Haiyan relief.

The main stage program will start with the Beginner Band who will be making their debut. They will be followed by Vanier’s Battle of the Rock Bands featuring Pass Over the Moon, The Element of Confusion, Mechanical Brides, and Dead Simple performing separately.

After intermission, the choir will perform some Christmas carols. Concert Band and Jazz Band will perform seasonal selections. For the final song, all of the band and choir students will be performing “Angels We Have Heard on High,” including a Chorale Francais.

The Vanier Catholic Secondary School Arts and Culture Night takes place on Sunday, December 8 at the Yukon Arts Centre. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the show starts at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased in advance from students, at the school’s front office, online, or at the door.

So come on out and get into the Christmas spirit with Vanier.

Clare Cherepak is a Grade 10 Student at VCSS.