Winter music concerts offera touch of classic pieces

Musical students in School District 55 entertained friends and family Tuesday and Thursday evening, offering a winter musical treat in two concerts.

“I like to introduce quality literature to my kids,” said music director Ken Collins. “I want them to learn, not just have fun music to play.”

This year’s winter concerts featured traditional holiday favorites, but added some new twists including a classic, “Russian Christmas Music” by Aldred Reed performed by the wind symphony.

Other wind symphony pieces included “The Sounds of Christmas”, “A Childhood Hymn” and “The Santa of Seville”.

Vocal music director Dean Friesen introduced students conductors Kayla White, Gidget Autry, and Brenda Johnson during the Women’s Ensemble portion of the program.

The Women’s Ensemble performed “Ding Dong! Merrily on High”, “La Loo, La Low”, and “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”.

Concert choir student conductors were Joy Stokes and Jamie Glinski. Pieces included “Carol of the Bells”, “Winter Wonderland”, and “Rock Him in the Manger”.

Annamarie Wilson was soloist for “Rock Him in the Manger”.

Vocal groups were accompanied by Terry Lowen on piano.

The jazz band rounded out the evening with up beat pieces several tunes such as “Tuxedo Junction”, “Eli’s Comin'”, and “Zoot Suit Riot”.

Women’s Ensemble: Soprano I: Ann Smith, Stephanie Campbell, Vanessa Riley, Wendy Eldredge. Soprano II: Amber Fish, Susan Shockey, Jaimie Hicks, Barbara Wilson, Jennifer Hicks, Brenda Johnson, Jackie Gully, Jewley Coffield, Amber Keeler, Alycia Watts. Alto: Amber Pearson, Gidget Autry, Kayla White, Amber Murray, Chelsea Tenbusch, Denielle Drury, Trisha Maloney, Jardena Palmer.

Concert Choir: Soprano I: Jardena Palmer, Jackie Jarrell, Sarah Weippert, Ann Smith. Soprano II: Katie Felkins, Chelsea McKeever, Kristen Edgmand, Amanda Miller, Jaimie Hicks, Amber Walker, Chelsea Sutten, Laurel Partridge, Lacey Davis, Jamie Glinski, Kristina Wilcox. Alto: Vanessa Riley, Bethany Lowen, Annamarie Wilson, Amy Anderson, Joy Stokes, Gidget Autry, Jasmine Lufkin, Sophia Santana, Tami Wilson. Tenor: Brent Webster, Paul Santana, Isaac Miller. Bass: Vance Monroe, Bill Lovik, P.J. Handy, Paul Kizer, Daniel Scott, Andrew Slaght, Cody Sanders.

Wind Symphony and Jazz Band: Flute: Stephanie Campbell, Sarah Corbin, Chelsea Hegge, Ashley Pauley, Shanna Reagan, Ashley Singer, Dalanea Smith, Nicole Starha. B-flat clarinet: Amanda Comer, Sarah Greene, Brette Hegge, Jamie Hicks, Rosanna Knudsen, Shaunna Snyder. B-flat bass clarinet: Samantha Rice, Kathy Rinehart. E-flat contra-bass clarinet: Jeff Seiber. E-flat alto saxophone: Malcolm Brown, Kimberly Cain, Tyler Hannen, Rene Rice. B-flat tenor saxophone: Amber Davis. E-flat baritone saxophone: Cree Adee. Bassoon: Jenna Griffith. Trumpet: Jenna Griffith, Kevin Loree, Heather Rinehart, Matt Slauson, Jeopardy Vaughan. Trombone: Frank Coulter, Joe Rosa. Baritone: Joshua Koplin. Percussion: Brandon Caswell, Robert Couth, Blair Geil.

Thursday, elementary and junior high band and vocal groups performed again under the direction of Ken Collins and Dean Friesen. Accompanist was Judy Stevens.

Performers included:

Intermediate choir: Stephanie Baxter, Mary Brockman, Laura B roncheau, John Brown, Katie Cambell, Kevin Collings, Holly Gazeley, Nicole Gerrior, Alex Greene, Katie Harer, Augusta Johnson, Katie Johnson, Diane Kennelly, Daniel Koplin, Brandy Laurence, Gina Lincoln, Tommy Lincoln, Jessica McCraven, Jamie McDermott, Casey McDowell, Ashley Middleton, Jennifer Price, Holley Reynolds, Riley Shanelle, Jordan Sele, Katie Sharp, Melissa Shreves, Tabitha Simms, Alexis Tenbusch, Ashley Walker, Travis Walker, Brittany Wilson.

Advanced choir: Ben Allen, Sarah Baird, Maria Bonneville, Robin Buergey, Danielle Burns, Hayley Cole, Jackie Hogan, Lani Joslin, Katherine Keenon, Tiffany Martin, Chelsea Miller, Jena Sjoberg, Oakley Tyler, Georgia Tyler, Chris Wallace, Alex Wilson.

Beginning Band

Flute: Katie Kisselburgh, Alex Lewis, Megan Moser, Ashley O’Donnell, John Sexton, Buck Steadman, Ashley Tressel.

Clarinet: Matt Chase, Kari Derrickson, Chelsea Gregory, Amber Horner, Rachael Jefferson, Cherlinn Johnson, Jaxman Jones, Laticia Sanchez, Hope Seaman, Gered Severns, Rebekah Spencer, Page Thomas, Moriah Vannice, Stephanie Wodtli.

Eb Alto Saxophone: Michelle Buhn, Lacey Hightower, Matty Jensen, Steven Jones, Denave McCalister, Michele Morneau, Brian Muntz, Brinden Sanders, Katie Stratman.

Trumpet: Cory Anderson, Jessica Andrade, Ben Brewer, Michaell Deeringer, Nick Pitts, Robert Rinehart, Karrie Streight, Guy Tenbusch.

Drums: Cody Carr, Dustin Horn, Tyler Horner, Davie Jensen, Mike Jefferson, Danny Johnson, Cody Kent.

Sixth Grade Band

Flute: Shawnte Johnson, Lena Meyers, Katie Rains, Danielle Swett.

Clarinet: Bethany Blatchley, Sara Brocard, Corie Ebbs, Olivia Lake, Makenzie Marchbanks, Alicia Nichol, Dallas Oeder, Sabra Perry, Alyssa Risen, Erika Snow, Zuri VanCleave, Whitney Olsen, Jill Wilson, Sherry Winter.

Alto Clarinet: Natasha Cockrell.

Eb Alto Sax: Stephanie Crocker, Megan Day, DJ Lewis, Allison Slauson, Peter VanDerlip, Jon Ware.

Trumpet: Max Barton, Blake Holder.

Baritone: Steve Schooner.

Trombone: Alex Moser.

Percussion: Joshua Parsons, Kris Schaefer, Bret Jackson.

Advanced Band

Flute: Lyndsey Aitken, Elizabeth Andersen, Emily Dascomb, Nicole Davern, Elyse Ellingboe, Bethany Emmert, Ashlee Gorgita, Chelsea Hackworth, Mandy Hopper, Elisa McCartin, Melissa Miller, Kellen Petersen, Ashley Rice, Amanda Swanson, Hannah Swanson, Heidi Wilson.

Clarinet: Jesse Aitken, Joshua Coward, Nikki Emmert, Megan Hershberger, Shasta Horner, Jackie Misale, Krystle Streight, Dani Thireault.

Bass Clarinet: Juliet Henthorne.

Eb Alto Sax: Dani Birky, Danyel Cranford, Justin Piper, Cait Thireault.

Trumpet: Sam Bishop, Larry Coulter, Cecil Hadley, Kari McGuyre, Brett Miller, Jeff Stratman, Jeremy Stubblefield.

Baritone: Matt Morneault.

Trombone: Ole’ Bond, Evan Meyers.

Percussion: Brady Beard, Alex Brown, Colton Cooley, Tim McAdams, Sean McGuyre, Josh Nichol, Clayton Stagmier.

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