The angel-faced sixth-grade choral students sang sweetly:
“I put a tack on Ms. Mason’s chair,
Somebody snitched on me...
Oh, I’m gettin’ nuttin’ for Christmas!”
Whereupon, Ms. Daria Mason herself yelped and jumped and got a big laugh from an auditorium crowded with Rim Country Middle School parents.
The sixth-graders had craftily changed the lyrics of “I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ for Christmas,” accepting their imaginary abuse of their hard-working music teacher offered sufficient reason for Santa to skip their chimney.
Mason and band director Mike Buskirk kept the energy up throughout the annual RCMS Christmas concert.
The holiday spirit popped up when the band played beautiful Christmas music such as “A Sleighing Song” and the “Christmas March.”
Then the seventh- and eighth-grade choral students performed “Sing A Glad Noel” and the combined choir then offered a rousing rendition of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” compete with ’50s style shimmies.
Each year, Buskirk has his marching band dramatically enter the stage, drums booming before they launch into the songs the band learned to play for its marching season. He stepped aside, as he does every year, to let drum major Veronica Volk take the director’s seat.
The first song the band played was “Day-O,” a cheerful Caribbean sounding song about picking bananas.
Parents swelled with pride, then laughed as the students danced to the jaunty music and capered out into the audience.
The show ended with the Advanced Band playing the complex, beautiful tune “Lord of Dance.”
Mason, who this weekend also conducted the Payson Choral Society concert and still has the Dec. 19 High School choral and band concert to look forward to, sank into a chair after last week’s middle school concert — proud of her kids, but visibly weary.
“I’ve been tired for the last two months,” she said, “But it’s worth it.”