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Singing, Playing, and Directing, Oh My!: Cascade’s Fall Concert

Cascade students show off musical chops at recent concert

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The high school choir members (from l-r) Kordell Keen, Allison Gates, Quincy Balius, Brooke Hanson, Becca Gerard, Lydia O'Brien, and Kennedy Spencer are directed by Mr. Jeff Skogley.

The high school choir members (from l-r) Kordell Keen, Allison Gates, Quincy Balius, Brooke Hanson, Becca Gerard, Lydia O'Brien, and Kennedy Spencer are directed by Mr. Jeff Skogley.

Photo courtesy Nancy McGonigal

Photo courtesy Nancy McGonigal

The high school choir members (from l-r) Kordell Keen, Allison Gates, Quincy Balius, Brooke Hanson, Becca Gerard, Lydia O'Brien, and Kennedy Spencer are directed by Mr. Jeff Skogley.

Quincy Balius, Student Editor

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The fall choir and band concert was held at Cascade High School on Monday, October 19 at 7 p.m. The choir, accompanied by Mrs. Jessica Nelson and sophomore Kelsey Lappier, opened the concert by singing the Star Spangled Banner, then moved on to their performance pieces.

While the Cascade choir is much smaller than the band, it held its own at the concert with three pieces, Drunken Sailor, Every Night, and Harvest Moon. The eight-person choir was filled with strong voices, especially those of Allison Gates and Kordell Keen, the only alto and base singers.

The choir experienced an influx of new blood this year and welcomed four new members to the fold. Although it will be a long road to perfection, they are doing very well. Senior Allison Gates commented, “Our choir has a lot of potential, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming concerts.”

 

The sixth grade band performed six songs after the choir: A Mozart Melody, A Bach Minuet, Hey Ho Nobody’s Home, Schubert’s Marche Militaire, On Top of Old Smoky, and Hard Rock Blues. These students were performing for the first time in concert and did a great job. Zach Douglas, a sophomore band student, said, “The sixth-grade band killed On Top of Old Smoky.”

The junior high band, made up of seventh- and eighth-grade students, followed the sixth grade band and played four pieces. These songs included Trumpet Voluntary, Tallis Cannon, The Thunderer, and Phantom Ship.

Mr. Skogley directs the junior high band.

Nancy McGonigal
Mr. Skogley directs the junior high band.

The high school concert band finished out the evening with Rippling Watercolors and Woodwind Overture. They did splendidly, especially considering the new additions of Mateo Ferrara and Tyler Schweigert, as well as seven freshmen.

Jeff Skogley, the choir and band director of Cascade School, said that his favorite part of the concert was “seeing the music being performed as well as or better than it was in class.” The music program is overcoming obstacles well and, “although there is room to improve, things went very well.”

Make sure to attend future band and choir concerts to see how our school’s music program improves over the year!

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