Annual Night of Percussion Adds a Twist


Senior Cole Pryor performed a clarinet solo at the Night of Percussion and Ensembles.

Thursday, April 25, the band program hosted a Night of Percussion and Ensembles for students, families and the community to enjoy.

The annually held event included students in 5th through 12th grades. Contrary to years before, the event was held in the Kelli O’Hara Center of Performing Arts instead of the band room and added woodwinds to the usual percussion ensemble mix. Cole Pryor and Sierra Johnson also performed solos.

“It wasn’t so emotional for me because it wasn’t our last time to perform together as a band. I slipped up a little bit on my solo, but it made the audience laugh so it turned out alright,” said Pryor.

After the event, students and families gathered in the band room to enjoy refreshments and to talk about the performance.

“It was a fun and entertaining night where band students and their parents enjoyed listening to one another,” said Vanessa Loera-Leija.

Important updates and announcements were made that include changes to the end of the year calendar:

  • The Junior High and High School Spring Concert will be May 9 at 7:30 p.m in the Kelli O’Hara Center of Performing Arts.
  • The Intermediate High Spring Concert will be May 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kelli O’Hara Center of Performing Arts.
  • Mr. Brooks’ Retirement Reception will be May 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Commons.
  • Mr. Hatch will be returning to assist and lead the percussion section next fall.

Performers and the performances included:

5th Grade Percussion Ensemble

Performed “Theme from Symphony No. 9” arr. Bruce Pearson “Sawmill Creek” by Bruce Pearson

Jacob Carpenter, Luke Jacobsma, Hunter Davis, Kinlee Jordan, Luke Friesen, Jaxon McArthur, Sam Garrison, Kennedi McIntyre, Sereen Green, Briggs Robertson, Eli Shelton and Jordan Thomas

6th Grade Percussion Ensemble

Performed “March of the Eagles” by Mitchell Peters

Carson Ardry, Alex Caudillo, Brayden Duncan, Michael Frye, Sonny Holladay, Casey Jones, Lylah LeCrone, Dominik Leyja, Max Murray, Katelyn Taylor, Taylor Thomas and Kyler Welch

7th Grade Percussion Ensemble

Performed “Elmhurst Quintet” by Haskell Harr

Brynlee Bustin, Erely Bustillos, Michael Carmona, Anna Galloway, Chloe Geraughty, Lake Hargrove, Jack Morgan, Oshyan Rios, Jaden Seymore and Jeron Seymore

8th Grade Percussion Ensemble

Performed “Two Gentlemen from Virginia” arranged by Murray Houlliff

Cy Barker, Cooper Church, Railee Embry, Aaron Frye, Campbell Jacobsma, Kaylee Marks and Josh McDowell

H.S. Percussion Ensemble

Performed “Bayport Sketch” by Jarod Spears

Brittney Bashaw, Jessica Cedillo, Kaden Elledge, Landon Hester, Dorean Jones, Drake Pena, Saxon Poole, Dara Roper, Julia Sibley, Taner Smith, Hayden Stout, William Walker and Alex Witherby

Woodwind Ensemble

Performed “Military Symphony” Arr. By Clifton Jones

Flute: Madeline Benton, Rossy Garcia, Sierra Johnson and Miranda Soto

Clarinet: Vanessa Loera-Leija, Cole Pryor, Britney Reyna, Charli Rickert, Danni Sottile and Mattie Thomson

Alto Sax: Austin Sharp and Francisco Henderson

Tenor Sax: Jake Henderson

Bass Clarinet:

Jolean Simmerman and Makenzi Fuqua

Contra Bass Clarinet: Kaycee Craig

Solos: Cole Pryor – Clarinet, Sonata No. 5 Movement #4 arr. Arthur Ephrass

Sierra Johnson – Flute, “Allegro” by F.J Haydn