Grant Union music director Levana James led the junior and senior bands and combined choir on Oct. 30 in their fall concert titled “Mystery at GU” at the school in John Day.

Between songs, sophomore bass singer Will Carpenter provided a narration, sprinkled with puns, about a mysterious missing tuba.

The repertoire included “Ancient Moon,” played by the bands, and “Back to the 50s” from the choir, which included dance movements to songs such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “Rockin’ Around the Clock.”

James said she’s been pleased with the students’ growth.

“I have enjoyed working with the kids,” she said. “The group as a whole has a good enthusiasm for music.”

She said she’s enjoyed combining the different groups for a more cohesive unit, and she encourages ideas from the students, so they can see parts of themselves in the performance.

James, who is a Grant Union alumna, is in her first year teaching at Grant School District 3.

She has previous experience teaching music at private schools in Alabama, Florida and Arkansas, from youth choir to adult choir, theater, drama and a string ensemble and choir in Little Rock.

Next up, James will lead Humbolt Elementary students in their Christmas concert on Dec. 18 in the Grant Union new gym and Grant Union students in their Christmas concert Dec. 19 in the Grant Union old gym.

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