About this time of year, the O’Rourke-Ross gymnasium at Tillsonburg’s Glendale High School would be overflowing for a holiday-theme Wassail concert by the school’s music department.
“A year ago Christmas, we had a packed house,” said music teacher John Lam, head of the school’s performing arts department. “We get good crowds to our concerts.”
This year, there will not be a Wassail concert and possibly no spring concert.
“No concerts at all – unless things recover by June,” said Lam. “And I swear, the minute they tell us we can, I’ve told the kids I’m having a rehearsal…
“Whether it’s adult bands that I conduct or whether it’s kids, we were meant to perform together. Music might be our first language. Those who have had the performance music experience here are really missing it, and when the time comes for us to get back together, that’s going to be a great day. And I don’t care what level we’re playing, I don’t care if it’s Hot Cross Buns. I just want to get these kids back in the room (playing) when it’s safe.”