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12/2/2009 9:02:00 AM
Canyon students to perform Christmas songs
Annual winter concert set for Dec. 7
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Third Grade student Emmet Hough will perform during Monday night's winter concert along with other students at Grand Canyon School. Hough, and music teacher George Haughton, will sing an original Christmas song called Mr. Santa Claus.

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Third Grade student Emmet Hough will perform during Monday night's winter concert along with other students at Grand Canyon School. Hough, and music teacher George Haughton, will sing an original Christmas song called Mr. Santa Claus.
Brighty the Burro
(The following tune is sung to the melody of Frosty the Snowman.)

Song rewritten by

Mary Ann Garvey

Grand Canyon School


Brighty the Burro, was a jolly, happy soul,

With a floppy tail and a big black nose,

And two eyes made out of gold,

Brighty the Burro, is a canyon tale they say,

As the stories go and the children know,

How he came to life one day,

There must have been some magic,

In that old mule pack they found

For when they placed it on his back,

He began to hike around,

Down through the village, right past the El Tovar,

Running down the trail, just swinging his tail,

Saying, "Catch me if you can,"

He led them down the trail so brown,

To Phantom Ranch they say,

And he only paused a moment when,

He stopped to eat some hay,

Brighty the Burro, had to hurry on his way,

But he brayed good-bye, sayin', "Don't you cry,"

"I'll be back again some day,"

Clickity clack, clack,

Clickity clack, clack,

Look at Brighty go,

Clickity clack, clack,

Clickity clack, clack,

To the North Rim he'll go.


Patrick Whitehurst
Associate Grand Canyon News Editor


GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Elementary students at Grand Canyon School will perform a number of original Christmas songs Monday during their annual winter concert. Students in Kindergarten through fifth grade will sing the holiday songs, each with a Grand Canyon theme. Teacher Mary Ann Garvey arranged the music for the special concert. Music teacher George Haughton will also lead the students in a few songs. He will also accompany Grand Canyon third grade student Emmet Hough in an original Christmas blues song. The students have been preparing for the show for over a month.

Haughton said the blues tune is called Mr. Santa Claus.

"Emmet Hough and I wrote it. It took us about five weeks to write," Haughton said. "When I have music with Emmet and the other third graders, they kind of naturally start clapping to it."

Hough has been a student of Haughton's for a couple of years.

"He has been taking guitar lessons from me since I think first grade, maybe Kindergarten. He comes in once a week and he's a very good guitar player. He wanted to do a song for the Christmas concert and I said 'Why don't we write one?' He thought that was a good idea and he went right along with it," Haughton said.

The winter concert will be held at the Canyon View Information Plaza Visitor Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.. Haughton said students participating in the play are expected to arrive by 6:20 and wear nice school clothes or attire related to the holidays. For more information on the concert, contact Haughton at (928) 638-2461, ext. 204.

Garvey's Grand Canyon-themed Christmas songs, Haughton added, are sure to be a special treat during the upcoming concert.

"She re-wrote several Christmas songs like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Little Town of Bethlehem; she rewrote them to reflect life at the Grand Canyon. Frosty the Snowman is Brighty the Burro, Little Town of Bethlehem is the Little Town of Tusayan - I think there are about six or seven of those songs that she did," Haughton said.

The concert is part of the area's annual Community Open House. Sponsored by the Grand Canyon Association, the free event will also host a visit from Santa Claus, games and activities with Grand Canyon Rangers, carolers, and a book-signing featuring Grand Canyon authors Lori Rome, Thomas Ratz, Todd Berger, Gary Ladd, Tom Martin, Tom Myers and Wayne Ranney. Call Libby Schaaf at (928) 638-7641, or Helen Ranney at (928) 638-7033, for more information on the Community Open House.




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