Students in the L.J. Bell Elementary School chorus will have a special opportunity on Saturday to share their musical talent with Governor Beverly Perdue and several of her special guests.
The chorus will travel to the governor’s mansion Dec. 10 to give a special concert beginning at 10 a.m. They will sing several Christmas and patriotic songs.
The 40 students who will perform at the event are excited to have a chance to travel to Raleigh and meet Governor Perdue.
“I’m excited to get to meet her and see where she lives,” said Ariel Spooner, a fourth grade student.
Stacy Armenta, a third grader, admires the governor and said she was a bit anxious about the performance.
“I’m nervous to sing in front of her,” Armenta said. “She’s really important and tells a lot of people what to do.”
L.J. Bell Music Teacher Don Greene contacted the governor’s mansion earlier in the year to find out about the possibility of a student performance.
“We aren’t certain of how we were chosen, because we were told that they normally have middle and high school age students perform, but we are really excited to have the opportunity,” Greene said. “These students have put in a lot of extra work to prepare for this event.”
The 40 students who will sing were selected based on an audition process. They will travel back later that afternoon to perform with the Sandhills Ringers Group at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Rockingham.
The entire LJ Bell Elementary School Chorus, made up of approximately 160 second, third, fourth and fifth grade students will perform on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the school. That event is free and open to the public.
Principal Bobbie Sue Ormsby looks forward to all of the performances, but is excited for the learning opportunity for the students going to the governor’s mansion.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these boys and girls,” Ormsby said. “We feel honored that they were chosen, and I know Mr. Greene has prepared them to give a high quality performance. I know they will represent Richmond County well.”