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December 20, 2013

DHS Band students perform Christmas carols around town

DUNCAN — It didn’t feel a thing like Christmas, but the Duncan High School Band wasn’t complaining.

On Thursday, members of the DHS Band traveled around Duncan to play Christmas carols. Although the temperature was almost at 70 degrees, about 30 students participated in the annual caroling.

“It’s just fun to play, even if it doesn’t feel Christmasy,” DHS Band Director Jeramy Haas said. “It’s actually more enjoyable to play in this weather.”

Haas likened Thursday’s not-so-winter weather to playing in Florida. Coincidentally, the band students are scheduled to perform in March in Orlando, Fla.

The band stopped at several locations, including Main Street in Duncan and Elk Plaza to perform Christmas carols for people at those locations. Haas said the band usually tries to go to areas of high traffic to reach larger number of people.

Band students spend about two hours going from place to place and performing about four or five songs at each location. When they’re done playing Christmas carols each year, the students go back to the band room at the Duncan High School, where the Duncan Band Boosters supply food.

Haas said the band members would like to travel to more areas, but two hours is about all the time they have to perform before it starts getting dark outside. There have been conversations about breaking into smaller groups, but the students and the band directors like having the band students as a whole instead of diving.

“They like playing in the larger group,” Haas said.

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