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Concert choir: Elementary singers

Eesa Deurksen and Riley Mason sing with the elementary school's choir.

There's no denying that the Philomath School District has one of the most impressive educational music programs around from the youngest children all the way through recent state titles at the high school level. The community had an opportunity to listen to the elementary, middle school and high school students sing tonight as part of the annual spring choir concert.

Music was a part of the school experience while I was growing up. As most everyone has experienced, singing in an annual program for family members was always a part of the Christmas season. For some reason, the program that stands out in my mind the most dates back to my elementary school days when we sang, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." (Yes, I had to look that one up on the spelling).

"It's Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Even though the sound of it. Is something quite atrocious. If you say it loud enough. You'll always sound precocious. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!"

I'm sure most of you will know the song from it's popularity in the 1960s and 1970s from the "Mary Poppins" movie. I think I probably watched a lot of those types of movies back during those years; I seem to recall "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" being among my favorites.

As it turned out, music was never a skill that I mastered. The extent of my singing these days is limited to alone moments in the car and winding-down time with my 16-month-old son when we take in a few Sesame Street music videos (I've memorized "1, 2, 3, 4" with Feist and "Outdoors" with Jason Mraz, among others).

Great job to the kids who performed at the concert. I'll be posting photos online and in the newspaper along with a feature story on the high school's performing arts director that took over this academic year.

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