Santa workshop

Six-year-old Samuel Krueger was all dressed up for a photo with Santa Sunday afternoon.
Becky Vargo
Dec 16, 2013

Samuel has an older brother playing in one of the Fruitport High School bands.

“He’s wearing a tux,” said Rhonda Krueger of her 14-year-old son, Jonah. “Samuel didn’t want to be out dressed.”

Samuel worked with his mom to make a frame for the picture he was having taken with Santa.

Several other children spread about the Fruitport Middle School cafeteria concentrated on making snowman or gingerbread house frames.

The workshop was a first-time fund-raising event for the Fruitport Band Parents Association, dreamed up by band directors Donald Showich and Katie Hildebrand, said parent volunteer Dawn Enders.

She took $5 donations for each frame and photo to be taken with Santa.

Some older band students and adults also found their way onto Santa’s lap.

Enders said they had a decent turnout and hoped this might become an annual event.

The Santa workshop preceded the high school’s Christmas concert, “A Walk Down Candy Cane Lane.”

The  pictures taken with Santa were processed and ready for pickup following the concert.

Enders, who has two daughters in band, was especially proud that her son, Andrew Hartung, 19, was also going to perform.

“Andrew is playing the tenor sax he got through Spread the Music a few years ago,” his mom said. “He just graduated from the Army School of Music.”

Hartung and his sisters, Laura, a senior, and Megan, a sophomore, performed a medley of Christmas songs during the concert.

The evening included performances by the Jazz Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.

Proceeds from the fundraiser would be put in the general fund and used for instrument repair, scholarships, band camp and festivals, Enders said.

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