For band director Mr. Fenske, Christmas starts months early. In his MS Instrumental Music class, students have been preparing Christmas songs for weeks. Most mornings, "Carol of the Bells" can be heard by trumpets proudly playing their repeated phrase. It is the prominent tune in their fun, but most challenging piece, "African Bell Carol." Many of the students have been playing their instruments for a few years, but others have just started. There is a good variety of instruments in the class that makes for a nice band.