Local high school bands spread holiday cheer

CONYERS - Before students go on winter break, some would like to share holiday cheer with the community.

The Rockdale County High School marching band will perform in the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s 38th Christmas Parade Saturday in Midtown.

The parade will kick off at 10:30 a.m.

Proceeds from the 2018 parade will benefit the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, an eight-floor outpatient facility opened in July that brings together multiple pediatric clinics, programs and specialists under one roof, providing a better way to treat children and teens with chronic diseases and complex care needs.

The Center for Advanced Pediatrics is the first new structure completed at the Children’s North Druid Hills Campus, a major pediatric medical campus that will also be home to a relocated pediatric hospital, support staff offices and more than 20 acres of greenspace and miles of walking trails and paths.

The event is free and open to the public. The Children’s Christmas Parade will also air live on WSB-TV Channel 2 (ABC) beginning at 10:30 a.m. WSB-TV anchors Linda Stouffer and Fred Blankenship will provide viewers with live updates along the parade route.

Later in the month, Amy Caputo, Heritage High School instrumental music director, will present the Heritage High School Orchestra and Chorus Winter Gala on Friday, Dec. 14. The performance will start at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Bringing showtime to a close, Salem High School will present their band and chorus winter concert on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.