by: NEWS PHOTO: SCOTT JORGENSEN - Members of the Estacada High School choir sign Christmas songs at Eagle Creek Elementary School. The Estacada High School choir has been busy lately, lifting spirits and spreading holiday cheer at every available opportunity.

On Friday, Dec. 14, the singers, along with the band, traveled to Eagle Creek Elementary School to perform for students there.

Enthusiasm echoed from the gymnasium and into the hallways as a piano was rolled into place and brass instruments were removed from their cases.

Inside the gym, scores of students could hardly sit still, with chatter from the children getting louder as the gymnasium filled up.

by: NEWS PHOTO: SCOTT JORGENSEN - The Estacada High School band performs. The adults broke through the noise with a signal for silence, and the students complied.

“Jingle Bells” kicked off the concert, with the choir singing along. Next, the Troubadours band did a number before the choir rejoined them.

ECES’s band got in on the action, performing ably alongside the high school band.

The audience members were willing participants, offering hand claps on cue whenever required, while some students swung and glided from side to side while singing along.

The entire gymnasium swelled with voices for such traditional favorites as “Frosty the Snowman,” “Let it Snow,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” An overhead projector provided lyrics for the Christmas classics.

Choir teacher Randall Frunk said the event was special for his students, since many of them once attended Eagle Creek.

“This is something we look forward to every year,” Frunk said. He said that by the time Christmas break starts Thursday, Dec. 20, the choir will have done 15 holiday concerts. That included the Estacada tree-lighting event on Saturday, Dec. 8.

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