FAMU DRS hosts annual holiday concert

FAMU DRS hosts annual holiday concert. Photo by Cameron Scott.

Students at Florida A&M University Developmental Research School (DRS) spread the joy of Christmas through their musical talents at the annual “Holiday Street” concert on Thursday.

The concert was coordinated by FAMU DRS’ Fine Arts Department Director of Bands, Emmanuel Brown, and Director of Chorus and Theatre, Andrew Thompson.

Every year FAMU DRS recognizes the value of music education for their students. With the continued support of this concert and program, they hope to ensure that music remains an essential component of their curriculum.

Andrew Thompson, a new instructor at FAMU DRS is honored to equip the youth with the skills necessary to not only excel in Fine Arts but in life as well.

“The concert was a huge success, it pushed the students outside of their comfort zones and was a memorable experience,” expressed Thompson as students from his choir surrounded him waiting for their group picture. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Kimberly Kirby, a concert attendee, was overjoyed by the many talented students that took the stage.

“I was completely blown away, the talents that the kids possess are amazing,” said Kirby. “It was very original, I believe most of the children were involved in making the scripts and putting the show together – it was amazing.”

Florida A&M University student, Taylar Hall, was impressed by the student’s talents and how well the Directors orchestrated the performances.

“It’s really nice to see the kind of talent that lives right here in our community,” said Hall. “I think that Andrew and Emmanuel did a really good job with the kids, they seemed to really enjoy it so I enjoyed it.”

“Little Drummer Boy,” “This Christmas,” “Father I Stretch My Hands,” “We Are Christmas,” and “Joyful, Joyful” were among the many songs performed throughout the night by the FAMU DRS Symphonic Band and Venom Chorus.

After a variety of selections and skits in-between, the “Holiday Street” concert ended giving special thanks to all the students, teachers, and staff who assisted with the production of the concert.