Have a very merry MLHS musical performance

Instrumentalists, vocalists in grades 7-12 in Monday night Holiday Concert



The Mountain Lake Public High School’s (MLHS) Music Department presented a concert of holiday season music last night (Monday, December 18), in the school’s auditorium.

The performance included instrumentalists and vocalists in grades 7-12. Christine Johnson was the vocal director, with Kurt Jahnke, instrumental director.

Piano accompanists for the Junior High and Senior High Choirs included Martha Standerwick, Michelle Larson and Kurt Jahnke.

The program’s musical line-up included:

+ Junior High Percussion Ensemble –

  • “Middle School Drum Line 101,” by Carl Major.

+ Junior High Jazz Band –

  • “Good King Wenceslas,” a 13th century spring carol.
  • “Alligator Alley,” by Dean Sorenson.

+ Junior High Band –

  • Fantasia on “Christmas Comes Anew,” a traditional French carol arranged by Michael Story.
  • “The Christmas Truce of 1914,” arranged by Michael Story (tells the story of a truce lasting between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day between British and German troops during World War I).
  • “Jingle-Bell Rock,” arranged by John Edmondson.

+ Junior High Choir –

  • “Ding, Dong Merrily on High,” arranged by Lois Fiftal, performed by the Ladies Choir.
  • “The Colors of Winter,” by Lois Brownsey and Marti Lunn Lantz.
  • “Shalom Chaverim,” arranged by Catherine Delanoy.
  • “Once Upon A Silent Night,” words and music by Jerry Ray; includes “Silent Night,” by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber.

+ Senior High Percussion Ensemble –

  • “Groov-a-licious,” by Alan Keown.

+ Senior High Jazz Band –

  • “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” arranged by Rick Stitzel.
  • “Hark, Those Herald Angels Rock!,” arranged by Paul Clark.

+ Senior High Band –

  • “A Child is Born,” a 15th century English carol arranged by Elliot Del Borgo.
  • “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas,” by Meredith Wilson, arranged by John Moss.
  • “Christmas Calypso,” by Stephen Bulla.

+ Senior High Choir –

  • “With Gladness Cheer and Song!,” by Greg Gilpin (with percussionists, Emma Stade on triangle, Olivia Klassen on tambourine, Johnna Kardiner on high drum and Madison Dahna on low drum).
  • “Noel! Sing Noel!,” a Nigerian Folk Song arranged by Gary E. Parks. (with percussionists, Olivia Klassen on giro and Ethan Klassen on agogo bells.
  • “Have You Seen The Baby?,” by Ruth Morris Gray (with descant singers, Bileigh Anacker, Anika Fast, Diana Garcia and Taylor Naas).
  • “Sleigh Ride,” arranged by Mark Brymer, with words and music by Mitchell Parish and Leroy Anderson.
  • “Merry Christmas, Once Again,” by Carl Strommen.

Below is a photo gallery of the performances by the instrumentalists and vocalists:


PERCUSSIVE PRESENTATION OF “Middle School Drum Line 101” by the Junior High Percussion Ensemble. From left, Madison Schultz, Devyn Rempel, Johnna Gardiner, Sam Stade, Caden Swoboda, Olivia Klassen and Mason Fast.


“JAZZIN'” UP The 13th century carol, “Good King Wenceslas,” along with the selection “Alligator Alley” by the Junior junior High Jazz Band. On saxophone in front, Harlan Munning, left and Alana Morey, Right. On trombone at back is Brice Anacker.


THE JUNIOR HIGH Band, under the lead of Instrumental Director Kurt Jahnke, front, open their portion of the concert with Fantasia on “Christmas Comes Anew,” a traditional French carol. Band members include, clarinets in front, from left, Sierra Perkins, Kaelynn Pietsch, Cody Rahn and Iris Mendez, along with flutist Mikiah Peterson. Middle, from left, Ben Bartsch on bass clarinet, and on trumpet, Kaiya Sayavong, Kaelie Baerg, Brooke Naas, Avrom Buller and Aiden Penner. Back, from left, Harlan Munning and Alana Morey on saxophone, and on baritone, Chandlor Phoulom and Tido Xayachak.


Sierra Perkins, Kaelynn Pietsch, Cody Rahn, Iris Mendez, Mikiah Peterson Ben Bartsch, Kaiya Sayavong, Kaelie Baerg, Brooke Naas, Avrom Buller, Aiden Penner Harlan Munning, Alana Morey, Chandlor Phoulom, Tido Xayachak Amy Bartsch, Hope Doll


THE JUNIOR HIGH Ladies Choir began their concert section by singing “Ding, Dong, Merrily on High.” Front, from left, Paris Fast, Hailey Marx and Jordan Wright. Middle, from left, Faith Simon, Olivia Klassen and Graciela Ramirez. Back, Michala Morin.


FOR THE NEXT three songs, the ladies were joined by the men of the Junior High Choir. “The Colors of Winter” was the second song on the Junior High Choir’s line-up. Front, Mercedes Saengosoth, left and Cyenna Voshage Hampel, right. Back, from lef, Madison Hartle, Arelia Capetillo, Jessca Anderson and Isabella Louangthilath.


“SHALOM CHAVERIM” (“FAREWELL Good Friends”) was recognition of the season Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Front, Kayne Chanthaviseth, left and Micah Holmberg, right. Middle, Marcos Deleon-Lopez, left and Campbell Prachomphonh, right. Back, Wyatt Wall, left and Kolby Kremmin, right.


THE JUNIOR HIGH Choir closed their repertoire with “Once Upon A Silent Night.” Front, Branden Hopper. Middle, Aiden Penner, left and Cody Rahn, right. Back, Drayton Klassen (hidden).


“GROOV-A-LICIOUS” BY THE Senior High Percussion Ensemble raised the roof with its decibel level. From left, Bileigh Anacker, Noah Rempel, Ethan Klassen, Josiah Gardiner, Issac Grev (behind) and David Larson.


AMY BARTSCH, LEFT and Hope Doll, right, are the saxophones for the Senior High Jazz Band. The Jazz Wolves’ opening selection was “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”


SMOOTH BASS SAX jazz sound on the Senior High Jazz Band’s second number, “Hark, Those Herald Angels Rock!” by Braden Rempel.


INSTRUMENTAL DIRECTOR KURT Jahnke, standing left, leads the Senior High Band in their first selection, “A Child is Born,” Front, from left, Jenneel Rodney, David Larson and Amy Bartsch on clarinet, and flutists Kyla Perkins, Emma Stade and Bileigh Anacker. Middle, from left, Victoria Hofmann (behind), Laura Dalton and Kelly Watkins on clarinet and saxophonists Braden Rempel, Danielle Duerksen. Back, from left, trumpets Sierra Pankratz, Kayla Vonk and Brett Willaby.


A LINE-UP of Senior High Band slide trombones. From left, Hana Bergling, Neramith Phoumivong, Addam Rust, Lance Krueger, Kyle Haberman, Taylor Naas, Adam Karschnik, Regan Syverson and Kaleb Haberman.


THE SENIOR HIGH Choir welcomed the audience to their music with their first song, “With Gladness Cheer and Song!” Percussion accompanists included Emma Stade on triangle, Olivia Klassen on tambourine, Johnna Gardiner on high drum and Madison Dahna on low drum. Pictured above, front, from left, Eryn Friesen, Sophie Carrison, Jocelyn Garcia and Bileigh Anacker. Second row, from left, Ethan Nickel, Jesse Jepsen and Kris Menken. Third row, from left, Amy Bartsch, Breanna Fast, Jaelin Renquist and Taylor Naas. Back, from left, David Hall, Joel Salgado and Josiah Gardiner.


“Noel! Noel! Noel!,” a Nigerian folk song, was the second selection in the Senior High Choir’s performance. Siblings Olivia Klassen on guiro and Ethan Klassen on agogo bells, provided percussion accompaniment. Front, from left, Destiny Sybounheuan, Baylee Jepsen, Christina Hoffman and Destiny Phetsomphou. Second row, Jewel Soutthivong, Taylor Hudson, Maleek Stewart and Briana Garcia. Back, from left, Nicholas Curry, Zach Spinks and Paton Buller.


DESCANT SINGERS FOR the Senior High Choir’s “Have You Seen The Baby?” include, from left, Taylor Naas, Diana Garcia, Anika Fast and Bileigh Anacker.


“SLEIGH RIDE” WAS the third song featured by the Senior High Choir. Front, Jasmin Capetillo, Second row, Fletcher Hanson, left and Kade Kremmin, right. Third row, Jaelin Renquist, left and Kyla Perkins, right. Back, Juan Lucio, left and Seth Klassen, right.


CONCERT FINALE BY the Senior High Choir wished all a “Merry Christmas, Once Again.” From left, Sebastian Rehnelt, Jorja Lepp and Daniel Gardiner.
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