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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Parents, family and friends got the best of both worlds last Thursday night, March 1, when the Holyoke Music Department’s bands and choirs combined for the annual Smorgasbord Concert.

Junior high and high school choirs were under the direction of Marcia Dalton, while bands in grades 5-12 and jazz band were directed by Shauna Close. Dalton and Maury Kramer teamed up for the HHS Select Choir “Sound Check,” and Sharon Strauss served as the piano accompanist.

Prior to the evening concert at the HHS auditorium, the Music Parents Association served their traditional smorgasbord meal at the elementary cafeteria to raise funds for the music program.


Tenor saxophonist Lindsay Helgoth gets in the groove
of HHS jazz band’s “One O’Clock Jump.”  —Enterprise photo

High school jazz band kicked off the concert with “Fever,” featuring Rachel Schneider on trombone; “One O’Clock Jump,” featuring Lindsay Helgoth on tenor sax, Emily Krogmeier on alto sax, Camille Elliott on clarinet and Ben Martinez on bass guitar; and “Come Sail Away,” featuring Eva Penzing on alto sax and Nick Mitchell on guitar.


The drumsticks were really flying as Alyssa Cordova
drove the strong rock beat in “Come Sail Away” at
Thursday’s concert.

—Enterprise photo

Fifth-grade band took the stage for their versions of “Sweetly Sings the Donkey,” “Go Tell Bill” and “Skip It, Lou” with special group members Jaydy Dominguez on trombone, Jakob Knutson on alto sax, Kyra Loutensock on flute, Reghan Worley on flute, Gabi Gordon on clarinet, Mauro Morales on bass clarinet, Colby Purkeypile on alto sax and Keegan Shaw on oboe.

“Like My Mother Does” was a strong vocal solo by senior Mariah Struckmeyer.

Sixth-grade band showed off their musical skills with “Bingo” and “Sawmill Creek.”


With hands up and fists pumping, the junior high choir intensified the stage with their performance of “Dynamite.”  —Enterprise photo

Vocal numbers for the junior high choir included “Heart and Soul,” “Like the Beat of a Drum,” “The Beautiful Rain” and “Dynamite.”

Sisters Eva, Juana and Dominique Penzing sang “Feels Like Home” with guitar accompaniment by Ben Martinez.

“Declaration and Dance” was then performed by the junior high band. They were joined on stage by the high school band for a combined performance of “The Light of Dawn.”

High school choir sang “There is a Time” and “There will be a New Day,” featuring José Jaquez, Lynnett Stark, Natasha Peregoy and Jacob Vasa. The HHS women’s choir also performed “A Child of Song.”


Guitarists Jacob Vasa and Ben Martinez teamed up to accompany Brittney Prottsman on her vocal solo “Kiss Me.”  —Enterprise photo

Sophomore Brittney Prottsman took the stage for a vocal solo of “Kiss Me,” accompanied by Ben Martinez and Jacob Vasa on guitar.

The high school choir and band combined for “Homeward Bound,” followed by “Into the Storm” by the HHS band.

A special percussion ensemble wowed the audience with “Summon the Spirits.”


Top ticket sellers for the Music Parents Association’s Smorgasbord Dinner are pictured from left, front row, Jair Jiminez, Trey Bennett, Savannah Burris, Kaylee Camblin, Brenna Sullivan, Regan Van Overbeke, Anna Jelden and Spencer Bohlender; and back row, Sidney Struckmeyer, Trevor Dalton, Caitlyn Kramer, Rachel Schneider, Shaylee Krueger, Tara Krueger and Emily Krogmeier. Not pictured are Colby Purkeypile, Fernando Rojo, Karla Hermosillo, Mauro Morales, José Prieto, Jesus A. Martinez, Jakob Knutson, Lindsay Helgoth, Alex Vieselmeyer and Destiny Winterrowd.  —Enterprise photo

HHS Select Choir “Sound Check” rounded out the evening’s performance. Payin Becerra, Kaety Overton, Luke Stewart and Mariah Struckmeyer were featured in “Walking in Memphis.”

“Jar of Hearts” included soloists Brooke Parker, Eva Penzing, Erin and Megan Vieselmeyer and Jordan Zeiler. Select Choir seniors Payin Becerra, Austin Killin, Brooke Parker, Whitni Redman, Mariah Struckmeyer and Jordan Zeiler were featured in “Save Tonight,” arranged by Maury Kramer.


Holyoke Enterprise March 8, 2012