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Mora County Notebook: Mora music students perform for community

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By Ruth Fort

Last week the citizens of Mora Valley had a treat to help them feel richer in the spirit of Christmas, as the Mora Schools Music Department gave two Christmas concerts.

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On Monday evening, the Mora mariachi group performed for the audience with their traditional music and the Christmas music played in their form of thrilling violins, guitars and trumpets.

The singing in Spanish was so well done that the audience felt the thrill of knowing that the musicians were well trained and talented. The school music department and the community are grateful for the gift from the Southwest Capital Bank presented to the mariachi group to buy new uniforms.

The people of the valley were also treated to a well-performed band concert given by the beginning band and the high school band last Thursday. The beginning band showed how well they have learned to play the instruments of their choice. They began learning to play in August at the beginning of the school year. They were well disciplined and very professional in their performance. They started with the simple song they had learned from the beginning and built up to the recent songs including the Christmas songs.

The high school band then took over and treated the crowd with high-spirited songs, mostly of Christmas. They are so well disciplined that Joaquin Maestas-Manuel could walk off the podium and the band proceeded with the leadership of the very talented drummer and others who were leaders. During the performance Maestas-Manuel introduced each performer so that the audience could know who they were and could show their appreciation to the young people.

Maestas-Manuel introduced two special students who are now seniors and have been band members for the eight years since they started in middle school. They are Mae Torres and Victoria Lujan.

Seniors celebrate holiday season

On Monday, the Mora Senior Center held their Christmas dinner and party. The center was decorated with a large beautiful Christmas tree and other ornaments place around the room to give a festive mood to all who entered. The tables had real table cloths with bright poinsettia center pieces. People were dressed in their favorite Christmas attire.

The staff made a wonderful meal of beef, mashed potatoes, a vegetable, homemade roll and pineapple upside-down cake. After the meal Savino Garcia of the Solo Band and Disc Jockey began to entertain the group. I was not long before the tables were moved back and the crowd enjoyed dancing to the good Spanish music.

Everyone left filled with the joy of a good time and a little more Christmas Spirit.

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@yahoo.com.