PHOTOS: Abbotsford students dazzle on stage at district-wide Nights of Music celebration

(Dale Klippenstein/Abbotsford School District)(Dale Klippenstein/Abbotsford School District)
(Dale Klippenstein/Abbotsford School District)(Dale Klippenstein/Abbotsford School District)
(Dale Klippenstein/Abbotsford School District)(Dale Klippenstein/Abbotsford School District)
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(Dale Klippenstein/Abbotsford School District)(Dale Klippenstein/Abbotsford School District)
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(Dale Klippenstein/Abbotsford School District)(Dale Klippenstein/Abbotsford School District)

Abbotsford students hit the stage with big smiles and tons of pizzazz last week, after a two-year break from public performances.

Students from across the district came together for a two-night special event at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, showcasing a collection of their musical performances perfected over the year.

In collaboration with the Abbotsford Music Educators’ Association (AMEA), Nights of Music is a hallmark spring event for elementary, middle, and secondary students – and their families. Performances included concert band, jazz band, hand bells, guitar groups, vocal jazz, and more. These events marked the first time that students were able to demonstrate their musical talents to a live audience since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Music is a key element of providing our students with a well-rounded education,” said Trustee Freddy Latham, who was in attendance. “After years of our schools having to find new and innovative ways to navigate the pandemic safely, it was a joy to see our students back on stage, under the bright lights, performing for a live audience.”

This annual event is made possible by the dedicated educators and staff throughout the district, and students for their commitment to practicing their musical talents. More than 20 musical ensembles from across the city brought their passion, joy and energy into a well-tuned performance.

The school district hired a photographer to capture the evening’s magic, and they’ve posted the full performances on their YouTube channel for those who missed it or want to enjoy it again.

The Abbotsford Music Educators’ Association has been leading the Nights of Music events for over 20 years.

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