Wednesday night was a grand event as the Jr. high and High school concert bands performed in the nest. This concert was titled, ’The Journey’ and featured both percussion and band musicians. Each song performed at this concert was meant by the composer to tell a story of a journey that was taken just as North Pointe students are being encouraged to start their personal journeys as well.
Jr. high band, being the largest it has been in five years started out the night with ‘Alien Invasion’ and ended their program with the piece ‘Ancient Voices’ which was a joint piece with high school band. High school band opened their portion of the concert with ‘Into the Clouds!’ and finished the evening with the action packed piece, ‘Relentless’.
Director Chris Holtzem said, ‘This is such a talented group of young musicians. I’m so grateful for the hard work they have put in and can’t wait to return next semester for the Spring Concert!’
Tonight the Junior High Theatre program made history by performing in their first ever Fall Arts Festival. This was a night of many firsts as nearly all of the performers had never acted in front of a crowd or even been on a stage before but they worked hard all semester on learning basic technique and overcoming their fears. All 3 classes performed reader’s theatre versions of childhood classics from ‘Fox in Socks’ to a series of Shel Silverstein poems. Theatre Teacher Dave Coffman was quick to show praise on his new, would-be actors “I’m so proud of all these students, many of whom would not even get up in front of class in the beginning…they’ve come so far.”
The 2016-2017 JH Arts Performance Schedule will be available shortly.
Day 2 of the arts festival, representing the North Pointe Band classes was a huge success! This night featured Christmas music by the Jr. High Band and the High School Band and Percussion class. With a night of performances by students in their first year of music, to their 8th year of music, it was a concert to remember.
Jr. High Band opened up the night Christmas favorites including, ‘Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer’, and ‘Frosty the Snowman’. They put on an incredibly confident, enjoyable and skillful performance for a jam-packed audience.
High School Band closed the night with some fantastic pieces including, ‘Ukranian Bell Carol’, ‘Christmas Song’ featuring the NP Choir classes, and ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ featuring soloists John Fitzner and Mercy Henriksen. It was a festive and joyous concert filled with Christmas cheer and of course, fantastic music!