A group of residents at Gardenside formed a bell choir to perform their favorite Christmas songs and to spread the holiday spirit to a wide audience.
Nate Behrends, who helped to organize and direct the choir, explained that the idea to form a bell choir came from a musical performance last year. He stated that the residents were interested in starting a choir of their own to make music.
“Hopefully this will be something that we continue to build into the culture of Gardenside,” said Behrends. “We don’t only have to do this around Christmas; we can make performances during different times of the year like the Fourth of July and other holidays. They enjoy playing music, and it gives them time to spend together.”
The residents, Behrends emphasized see a greater benefit from having the choir than just playing music. He believes this helps to bring all people together for a common cause.
“It’s a good thing to do because it helps them feel like they are a part of something larger,” Behrends said. “When you do things by yourself, there are individual goals, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But when you can come together as a team and make everything sound good, that’s when you feel like you are part of a family.
“That’s something we want to do here at Gardenside is to make people feel like they are part of a family,” Behrends continued. “From here, we can branch out and do other things. I know that they can do it, and they’ve built up the confidence by doing something like this. We can all achieve great things by working together; that goes for people of all ages. I’m very proud of them. They did a great job!”
The residents worked on learning the songs that they performed during the bell concert for roughly a month. Here is a video clip of the bell choir performing during the concert: