October musical interlude

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B-OHS bands, choirs in fall concert performance

The Butterfield-Odin Public High School (B-OHS) Music Department presented talented instrumental and vocal student performers in a fall concert on Thursday evening, October 13, in the school’s gymnasium.

Performing groups included the Junior High Band, Senior High Band, a combined Junior High/Senior High Band, Junior High Choir, Senior High Choir and a Mass Junior/Senior High Choir. The Junior High groups are comprised of seventh-and-eighth-graders, while the Senior High performers come from grades nine-through-twelve.

The school’s Director of Bands is Joshua Tonkin, and Terry Etter is the Director of Choirs.

Below is a photo gallery from the concert:

 

 

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JUNIOR HIGH MUSICIANS gather around Director of Bands Joshua Tonkin.

 

 

 

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TWO NUMBERS WERE presented by the Junior High Band, “Firestorm” by Rob Grice and “Creepy Crawlies” by Michael Story. The junior high musicians also joined with members of the Senior High Band for the selection, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” by Klaus Badelt, arranged by Michael Sweeney. Above are junior high trombonists McKenna Steinbrink, left and Macyn Hirschman, right.

 

 

 

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JUNIOR HIGH CLARINETIST Raesha Fast.

 

 

 

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ON TOP OF performing jointly with the Junior High Band, the Senior High Band shared two numbers of their own. Their first selection was Theme from Thus Spake Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, arranged by Dick Thomas. Playing electric guitar for the number was Micala Lowe.

 

 

 

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DEFINITIVELY BEATING ON the tympani is Julie Saunders. Saunders was featured on the “iPad” theremin in the Senior High Band’s second song, a salute to the Halloween holiday, “Haunted Carousel.” The first theremins were hailed as the world’s earliest electronic instruments, and looked  like a tiny writing desk. Those theremin consisted of hollow wood cubes with sloped lids perched on top of four spindly, tapered legs. What made the instrument most peculiar were its two prominent antennae. The sound of the theremin has been described as “a purified and magnified saxophone” and “a cross between an amplified child’s slide whistle, a human voice and the squawks that emanated from early radio speakers.” Inside the first theremins, a circuit of vacuum tubes, oscillators, coils and wires created electromagnetic fields around the instrument’s two antennae. Players fluttered their fingers and waved their hands near the antennae to raise or lower the theremin’s pitch and volume. Of course, technology today has made the instrument’s sounds all possible with an iPad program app.

 

 

 

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LUKAS PIERSON PROVIDES the deep bass sounds of the tuba.

 

 

 

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HITTING THE HIGH notes on the flute is Madyson Heffele.

 

 

 

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MELLOW SOUNDS OF the French horn, as played by Kevin Hernandez.

 

 

 

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PAUL SHAW IS prepared to maintain a steady hand all evening as he captures each group in performance on video – including the Junior High Choir.

 

 

 

 

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JUNIOR HIGH VOCALISTS on two songs, “Unsteady,” by X Ambassadors and “Dona Nobis Pacem,” by Giovanni Palestrina. Pictured above are, in front, Emily Hernandez, left and Crystal Zuniga, right and at back, Mackenzie Christensen, left and Jaelyn Haler, right.

 

 

 

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JUNIOR HIGH CHOIR members Sabrina Hanson, left and Mason Lenning, right, participate in the group’s selections.

 

 

 

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JUSTIN XAYSONGKHAM FOCUSES his attention on Junior High Choir Director Terry Etter.

 

 

 

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DIRECTOR OF CHOIRS Terry Etter, front, is the focal point for her Senior High Choir members.

 

 

 

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SENIOR HIGH AND Junior High Choir members joined forces for a mass choir presentation of “Lost Boy,” by Ruth Berhe, arranged by Jonathan Miller. The Senior High Choir’s two numbers included “Imagine,” by John Lennon, arranged by Mac Huff, and “Hey Ho!.” Senior High singers pictured above include, front, from left, Micala Lowe, Destyne Forstrom and Charlotte Fast and back, from left, Gia Zender, Aiden Hiebert, Jorge Herrera.

 

 

 

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LADIES OF THE Senior High Choir. Front, from left, Aracely Anaya, Brianna Ringen, Krisana Xayaphonesongkham, Twila Leonard, Stephanie Kotten, Kaliana Xayaphonesongkham and Raeann Shaw.

 

 

 

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THE DEEP VOICES of the Senior High Choir. From left, Noah Hanson, Kevin Hernandez, Juan Morales and Michael Nett.
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