Photos by Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – Approximately 120 music students took to the Smith Music stage over the Father’s Day weekend in an annual concert series that was one part recital and one part giving back to the community.
The annual concerts allow students the opportunity to show their families, friends and one another what they have learned over the past year.
Admission to the concert series was a food or cash donation for the Morinville Food Bank Society. By the end of the sixth show Sunday night, the large donation bin at the entrance to the music school was well stocked with non perishables for the local charity.
As has been the case in previous years, Smith’s teachers opened and closed the show, displaying their separate and conjoined talents. This year’s opening saw the four teachers: Paul Smith, Andrea Mallon, Christan Maslyk and Al Pangburn taking to the stage simultaneously playing all of the songs they so frequently teach their students. the show closed with the four musicians playing an original or cover tune in their own unique style.
The six shows saw a variety of instruments, musical styles and skill levels. Growth in the school’s student base required the series to expand to six shows this year, each with more performers than the 2011 series.