The third performance of the Waxahachie ISD Holiday Concert Series will feature the Turner Middle School Band at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center.

“The Turner band holiday concert is probably the most anticipated concert of the entire school year — not only by parents, but by the entire Waxahachie band family as well. Donnie and Margie Owens have dedicated their entire careers to education and their talent to develop students’ musical abilities are seen and enjoyed by every member of the audience at their holiday concert,” said Rich Armstrong, WISD director of bands.

Concert attendees will hear several of their holiday favorites, including the always popular “Jingle Bells.”

“Every band student at Turner is anxious to show their progress, and we are, too,” said Donnie Owens, director of TMS band. “This year proved to be exceptionally challenging for us due to the later start date of school, thereby providing us actually less instructional time than ever before. It’s always a challenge to take students from what I like to describe as ‘squeaks and squawks’ to being able to handle their instrument correctly, producing individual notes that eventually become the music that we all enjoy.”

Since the TMS band is comprised of all sixth-graders, many had very limited musical experience or education prior to the beginning of the school year.

There are about 108 students enrolled in Turner’s program.

The Turner band holiday season concert promises a number of surprises, including special performances by members of the Turner Middle School faculty on a piece entitled “Christmas in the Kitchen.”

“We invite the entire Waxahachie community to be our guests as we wish them a very happy holiday season and a joyful New Year. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served in the foyer following the concert,” Armstrong said.

For additional information, contact Armstrong at the WHS band hall.