Archive for Thursday, December 1, 2005

Music honor society plans holiday activities

December 1, 2005

Many serious musicians probably would turn up their nose at the thought of karaoke.

Students in the Lansing High School Tri-M Music Honor Society, though they are serious about their music, will allow their playful sides to come through when they sponsor Karaoke for Kids this month.

The karaoke night is one of several events sponsored by the Tri-M chapter at LHS. Guy Gardner, a senior and club president, said the group was in its fourth year at LHS and was trying to do more service projects.

As a group trying to invest more into the community, Tri-M, which stands for "Modern Music Masters," will be able to boost its efforts when its membership swells after its induction ceremony next week.

The size of the LHS club will double on Monday, Dec. 5, when it will induct 25 new members. Gardner said 50 students were invited to apply, and all 25 who did received admission. The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. in the LHS gym.

Membership in Tri-M is based on grades, leadership and musical ability, Gardner said. It is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors in a select choir or band.

Gardner said Jonnie Brice, LHS choir director, and Becky Harris, LHS assistant band director, chose the students who were invited to join.

With so many new members, the group should have plenty of help for Karaoke for Kids, which is open to elementary-aged students throughout the area, Gardner said.

He said it would be "a large, fun night" including a DJ who will spin holiday songs for participants to sing, arts and crafts and carnival games.

Attendees also can write letters to Santa. Santa is expected to make an appearance at the event to collect the letters and allow children to talk to him in person, Gardner said.

Karaoke for Kids will be Dec. 15 at LHS.

Karaoke night is part of a larger scheme to make Tri-M members more active.

"We're trying to do as much as we can," Gardner said.

Right now, the group has tentative plans to go caroling with the new Junior Tri-M club at Lansing Middle School, Gardner said. Next semester, he said, the group hoped to play a school-wide game of "Clue" at LHS.

Earlier this year, club members attended the opera "Carmen" and volunteered to run the haunted house at the Halloween Spooky Center at Lansing Activity Center.

Gardner said that as Tri-M president, he only has to plan the induction ceremony. The rest is up to the members, but they keep the suggestions coming, he said.

"Ideas come in out of nowhere," Gardner said.

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