Senior citizens get a taste of the season

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Going door to door with the typical refrain, "trick or treat" is a Halloween have-to for American youths. However, students in chorus and band from Seton School in Manassas found recently that if one brings the cookies, a band instrument and an able singing voice, he might find something more rewarding in the end than a sugar overload caused by mini-candy bars.

Dressed in costumes, the band of musicians left school early Oct. 21 to make the short trek to Quarry Station Senior Apartments to entertain the residents.

Led by Music Director Jennifer Erwin, the well-rehearsed troupe received applause from the welcoming contingent of seniors after just their warm-up exercises.

"I knew then that it was an appreciative crowd and that we could relax and enjoy playing and singing," said Erwin. It was certain that there was not a ghost of a chance of hearing a boo even if the performance were to fall a little flat.

The band opened with "Lift High the Cross" arranged by Erwin. Also performed were "Fire Dance," "Sweet Jubilation" and the rousing concluding piece, "West Boulevard Rock," featuring sophomore percussionists Ryan Hall and J.P. Miller, and senior Marielle Cuccinelli. The beat had the residents tapping their toes and clapping along.

The chorus performed an array of songs, including "Home" and "May the Road Rise Up To Meet You." The finale was a choreographed rendition of the "The Monster Mash," arranged by seniors Chris Salas and Meggie Vertermark. The students danced and sang their way "from the laboratory in the castle east to the master bedroom where the vampires feast" before the performance concluded.

Once Drac was over the demise of his "Transylvania Twist," the students accompanied their new friends to the dining hall to feast on cookies. The residents spoke of their upbringings, spouses and children and encouraged the teens to return. And they will, to perform Christmas music.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015