Couple receive personal concert from Diamond Valley band

T■ Alex Cass / Contributed
he annual Hemet Christmas parade was full of holiday cheer as residents sat along Florida Avenue to watch the various floats and performances. However, a true act of holiday spirit happened on Friday, Dec. 2nd, when Diamond Valley Middle School’s band gave an impromptu performance to a Hemet couple after the school’s office clerk received a phone call from a local resident.
Larry Denn told the clerk his wife, Sandy, has really been enjoying listening to the band practice for the parade. Larry informed the clerk that Sandy is paralyzed and housebound and unable to attend the parade and therefore will miss their performance.
Diamond Valley’s Band and Orchestra Director Melissa Torres said she was touched by this news and decided to bring the performance to them. Torres reached out to Larry to ask if this was OK. He agreed and said that Sandy would truly appreciate the special performance.
As the final bell rang for the day, the Diamond Valley Band prepared for their quest. Torres and her students marched to the Denn house and began playing for them. Torres said it was an emotional performance, because you could feel their gratitude. The students were thrilled to have performed for the Denn’s and do something special for their community.
“They made my Christmas so nice,” said Sandy. She said the simple gesture from Torres and her students was so sweet it made her cry. She was also happy that her neighbors were able to enjoy the performance as well.
Thank you Melissa Torres and the Diamond Valley Band for creating a real sense of community during this holiday season!

Photo courtesy of HUSD
The Diamond Valley Middle School band performed at the home of a Hemet couple who were unable to attend the annual Hemet Christmas parade.

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