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JSHS Spring Concert showcases musical talent

The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Junior/Senior High School Spring Concert was held recently and the event was the perfect opportunity to showcase the musical talents of students at the school. Directors Anthony Veiga (band), MaryAnn Clarke-House (chorus) and Chynna Barry, Kathryn Fathers and Kristen Wood (SignAloud) led jazz ensemble, junior high and high school bands and chorus through a delightful evening of music and entertainment.

Jazz ensemble began the evening with a  varied set of songs from the popular “What a Wonderful World” to a jazz/funk piece by Herbie Hancock called “Chameleon,” before ending with the Chicago song, “25 or 6 to 4.” The ensembles easy transition from style to style showed much about the group’s talent and ability.

A crowd favorite, the SignAloud Chorus, performed two songs singing and signing to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” the theme song from the movie Toy Story, and the Marvin Gaye song, “Dancing in the Street.”

Band Director Anthony Veiga, introduced the audience to the songs performed by the Junior High Band and shared some of the complexities of each piece, pointing out the significance and meaning of the music to add to the experience of the concert. The Junior High Band performed four songs including: “Take the Stairs,” “Under and Irish Sky,” “Cake by the Ocean,” and “Dark Fortress.”

Junior High Chorus, under the direction of MaryAnn Clarke-House, used some body percussion and some sound effects in their rendition of “The Hurricane,” and “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel,” was the chorus’ take on an old traditional spiritual.

High School Wind Ensemble showcased their talent with three widely diverse pieces beginning with an ensemble piece of American favorites in “American Riversongs.” A local take on music was the song “Impact,” which was written by Syracuse resident, Sean O’Loughlin. And the final piece by the wind ensemble was “Valdres,” an intricate march with a European flavor. 

The final performances in the Spring Concert were by the Senior High Chorus where they performed “Come To Me, O My Love,” and “Skye Boat Song,” before being joined by the Junior High Chorus for a finale tribute to the senior students in the band and chorus. Michael Starkey, Jacob Rettig and Jaidin DeGraw were congratulated on their music careers at the school and a special slide show remembrance was held as the combined choruses sang “This is Me.”

Mr. Eric Knuth, Superintendent

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P.O. Box 97
Parish, NY 13131