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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

The school year was closed out Thursday, May 23 when fifth- and sixth-grade band members performed an end-of-the-year concert for parents and friends in the HHS auditorium.

The large fifth grade took the stage first, under the direction of band director Miko Martinez. Their selections included “Go Tell Bill,” “Skip it Lou,” “Symphony No. 1,” “Star Search (Twinkle Little Star)” and “Bingo.”

Fifth-graders Kassidy Porter and Andrew Rivera perform a duet at the spring band concert.  —Enterprise photo

The small group of sixth-grade musicians played “Symphonic Variants,” “Dimensions” and “This Old Dude,” with soloist Colby Purkeypile on tenor sax.

Special features during the evening concert were songs from the solo and ensemble contest in Ogallala, Neb., earlier in the year. They included “Farm Out,” a duet by Kassidy Porter on clarinet and Andrew Rivera on euphonium; “Ode to Joy,” a piano solo by Lali Marquez; and “Grenade,” an alto sax solo by Ashlyn Churchwell.

Oboe player Keegan Shaw plays with the sixth-grade band at Thursday’s concert.

—Enterprise photo

Martinez honored individuals in the fifth- and sixth-grade bands with musicianship awards. She also recognized the fifth-grade clarinets and sixth-grade saxophones with awards for best sections.

Holyoke Enterprise May 30, 2013