|Bands and choirs fill the air with fine music|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
From Itsy Bitsy Spider to a lively Beatles medley, the HHS auditorium was alive with music Thursday, March 3 at the annual Music Parents Smorgasbord Concert.
A successful smorgasbord fund raiser meal was served at the elementary school prior to the evening concert.
Both instrumental music, conducted by Stuart Potter, and vocal music, under the direction of Marcia Dalton, were performed with pride by students in grades 5-12.
Kevin Humphreys, pictured in center, and third grader Angel Rojo-Ramirez are good sports as they were
HHS Select Choir members opened Thursday’s show with In My Life; Livin’ on a Prayer, featuring soloists Jordan Zeiler, Sarah Heermann, Erin Vieselmeyer and Kelsey Kramer; and Seven Bridges Road with guitarists Jaydin Goldenstein and Austin Killin accompanying the group.
This was the first concert for the new Select Choir outfits, featuring purple dresses for the girls and black shirts with purple neckties for the guys. It was a colorful show with fine choreography.
Jazz Band members took the stage for Just Another Blues and Sing, Sing Sing.
Sixth-grade band members performed Allegro Robusto for their portion of the concert.
Camille Elliott and Natasha Peregoy were soloists when the HHS Concert Choir sang Can You Hear.
Guitarist Nick Mitchell and trombone player Rachel Schneider perform
Sixth-grade trumpeter Dylon
Audience members were invited to sing along if they chose when a wonderful medley of songs by the Beatles was performed by the HS group. Soloists in Beatlesongs were Kaylee Groshans, Brooke Parker, Trevor Dalton, Ella Stewart and Becca Weaver.
Senior Sarah Heermann wowed the audience with her solo of the Italian piece, Pieta Signore.
Junior High choir members sang Seed to Sow, When I Close my Eyes and Lean on Me/Don’t Stop Believin’.
The search was on when JH choir girls scanned the audience for two volunteers. Kevin Humphreys and Angel Rojo-Ramirez joined them on stage as they sang Build Me Up Buttercup.
For the Junior High band portion of the program, the audience was treated to Shout it Out and We Didn’t Start the Fire.
Fifth-graders performed three rounds, including Itsy Bitsy Spider, Frére Jacques and Oh How Lovely. They closed their portion of the program with Go Big Green.
Closing out the Smorgasbord Concert was the HHS band, performing Hallelujah and the high school band project, Snow by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
HHS choir performs at Smorgasbord Concert. —Enterprise photo
Ticket salesmen recognized
Students earning top ticket sales honors for the Smorgasbord meal were recognized on stage Thursday as they received their prizes.
Destiny Winterrowd was top salesperson, with 24 tickets, and Regan Van Overbeke was next with 21 sales.
Other students recognized for their sales efforts were Adilene Bencomo, Anna Jelden, Tyler Lamm, Payin Becerra, Norman Mendoza, Megan Vieselmeyer, Brian DeBoer, Taylor Hendrix and Spencer Bohlender.
Music Parents Association board members were recognized for their effort to coordinate the annual Smorgasbord. They include Michelle Vieselmeyer, Misti Redman, Stephanie Krogmeier, Deb Helgoth, Holli Krueger and Olga Sullivan.
Music students recognized as top salespersons for last week’s Smorgasbord fund raiser are pictured