Community spirit was on display at the annual Tiny Tim Christmas Wish concert recently. Area musicians gathered to present holiday music to a capacity audience at the First United Methodist Church as donations were accepted to support the Tiny Tim program, which provides Christmas gifts to needy children living in the area.
Community spirit was on display at the annual Tiny Tim Christmas Wish concert recently.
Area musicians gathered to present holiday music to a capacity audience at the First United Methodist Church as donations were accepted to support the Tiny Tim program, which provides Christmas gifts to needy children living in the area.
“Tiny Tim is an important aspect of our community; it’s one of the things that makes our community special,” said David Cornell, Tiny Tim spokesman. “There’s a recognition that, for whatever reasons, there are times people are in need. They are our neighbors and our neighbors’ children.”
Tiny Tim served 80 families and 200 children in 2012, Cornell noted.
“It’s a major effort to address our mission this year,” he said. “It’s so gratifying that the people we call upon support out program.”
The annual concert featured the Champlain Valley Community Band, the Ticonderoga High School Night Shadows, the Ti High brass ensemble and the Ti High Sentinel Big Band.
The community band featured adults and students performing together under the direction of Dale Quesnel III, a Ti student.
“It’s one of the things that distinguishes our community,” Cornell said of the band. “It’s a place where kids and adults come together to play music and learn from one another.”
The community band included Malinda Chapman, Haley Hearburg, Lillitha Ida and Katherine Towne on flute; Willa Shakeshaft, Mackenzie Strum and Susan Ward on clarinet; Bob Rockwell on bass clarinet; Glen Chapman and Pat Cornell on violin; Colvin Chapman on trombone; Riley Chapman, Joel Cook, John Cook, Bob Johnson, Drew Malone and Erick DuShane on trumpet; Stephen Bartlett, Dakota Gilbert and Skyler Gilbert on alto sax; Michael LaFountain on baritone; and Tyler Morse, Karney Manning and Samuel Shelmidine on percussion.
Singing in the Night Shadows male choir were Colvin Chapman, Riley Chapman, Anthony Costello, Matt Cook, Zech McLoughlin, Marcus Moser, Stephen Bartlett, Jacob Crowe, Nicholas Fritz, Skyler Gilbert, Michael Graney, Cody O’Hara, Karney Manning, Mark Donohue, Jay Hebert, Tomas Hendrix, Martin Glazer, Tyler Morse, Tim Ryan and Jordan Woods.
Nelson Shapiro conducted the Night Shadows.
Performing with the brass ensemble were Riley Chapman, Anthony DuShane, Dale Quesnel, Karney Manning, John Cook, Tim Ryan, Mark Donohue, Zech McLoughlin, Anthony Costello, Martin Glazer, Colvin Chapman, Michael LaFountain, Marcus Moser and Stephen Bartlett.
The ensemble was directed by Mike Iturrino.
The Sentinel Big Band included Brittany Bruce, Jamie Cox, Skyler Gilbert and Mackenzie Strum on alto saxophone; Stephen Bartlett on tenor saxophone; Ryan Price on baritone saxophone, Katherine Towne on flute; John Cook, Mark Donohue, Anthony DuShane, Michael LaFountain, Dale Quesnel, Tim Ryan and Zechariah Yaw on trumpet; Colvin Chapman, Anthony Costello, Martin Glazer and Marcus Moser on trombone; Becky Barber and Hannah Herbst on alto clarinet; Susan Ward on clarinet; Dale Quesnel on piano; Riley Chapman on bass; Mark Donohue and Tomas Hendrix on guitar; and Michael Graney, Cody Shaner, Sam Shelmidine and Nikolas Theiss on percussion.
Nelson Shapiro directed the Sentinel Big Band.
The Tiny Tim Christmas Wish Program, now in its 32nd year, is operated by Nancy Quesnel and Ann Dedrick.
Any family receiving free or reduce price lunches at school is eligible, if they have children attending the Ticonderoga Central School District or St. Mary’s School.
The program is entirely confidential.
The Tiny Tim program started in 1980 when a group of Ticonderoga Central School teachers realized the need. The program grew to the point the teachers could no longer handle the demand.
There have been a lot of changes during the years.
Tiny Tim no longer accepts or distributes used items and gifts are no longer wrapped.
And, Tiny Tim has grown. It started out giving away winter coats. Now each child gets six pair of socks, six sets of underwear, a jacket, ski pants, boots, clothing and toys.
It costs more than $6,000 a year to operate the Tiny Tim program.