On April 24th, 2017 the Jr. High and High School dance classes kicked off the Spring Arts Festival and presented Playlist: Hits from Yesterday and Today. Everybody Dance Now, Get Up, Pon de Replay and Who’s that Chick were numbers performed by the jr. high students. The high school performed group routines to Crazy in Love, Motown Philly, Black Beatles, Poison, Cold Hearted Snake and Work. In addition to performing group dance students presented their own choreography to songs like, Get Ur Freak On, My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark, Hips Don’t Lie, Bang, Bang, Talk, Wall to Wall, Gold Digger and Body Movin. “I am very proud of all of the students who performed tonight, they did a great job,” said Miss Cara.
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!
Day 3 of the arts festival was another huge success! This night was called ‘Championship Wednesday’ and was comprised entirely of arts groups at North Pointe that have won a state championship this year. This included HS Speech and Debate, Competition Percussion, Robotics, and Pom. The Pre is so proud of all the students that have risen to this high achievement level in the 2014-2015 school year!
Speech and Debate was represented by state champions Chrycia Legendre, Tommee Gleason, Zachary Hugo, and Troy Tauscher. Although they each won titles in different categories, their performances were all equally impressive, mesmerizing, and completely incredible. Arts Department Chair Chris Holtzem said, “I think that the things they do are so remarkable, and it’s incredibly important that students at the school see what Speech and Debate is really about. Their eyes need to be opened about what being a part of this activity truly means and these incredible students need to be recognized for their skills.”
Pom defended their state title this year, taking it for the second year in a row. Pom is always a crowd pleaser when they put on their performances, but they really brought it in their revisitation of their award winning routine.
Competition Percussion took their first state title this year, in only their fourth year of existence in the activity. They have never been below sixth place and really brought the heat this year with their show titled, ‘What Goes Around’ which was a concept show about things that spin, flip, rotate, and essentially go around. With brightly colored uniforms, incredible conceptual ideas such as frisbees, umbrellas, and gymnastic combinations, they were able to wow the crowd and show them was competition percussion is truly about: Putting on a great and memorable show. “I have been overwhelmed by emotion with the success these awesome students have had this year. I couldn’t have asked for a better group and their teamwork and perseverance were made clear with their performance quality throughout this season” said director Chris Holtzem.
The Robotics team had a year for the books in 2015. Not only did they do incredibly in Arizona, but they also merited a spot at Nationals in Iowa. This intelligent, fantastic group of students competed at nationals this year and made tremendous progress in their programming and overall performance at their competition. They wowed the audience with knowledge about how much work and planning their activity takes, letting them know that not only do they create the robots, but they also build and program their abilities and controls all by themselves. “We learned so much at nationals this year and had an absolute blast competing there. I can’t wait to take everything from this year and use it to build an even stronger program next year” said coach Gabriela Gorosics.
Tuesday’s Choral concert was a terrific success. The Junior High Choir started off the program with several pop/rock favorites, covering songs by Rascal Flatts, Journey, and more. Soloists Maya Ferrara and Natalie Quintero impressed the audience with their take on the jazz ballad ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’.
The Beginning High School Choir followed with a very eclectic mix of songs, spanning the range of musical theater through Caribbean- and African-inspired repertoire. Several talented soloists were featured in this group.
Closing out the concert was the Premiere Choir. Soloist Aaron Eckert started off the set with ‘Tshotsholoza’, a South African freedom song which also featured drumming and dancing. The group of mostly juniors and seniors sung their way through jazz standards, movie soundtracks, and barbershop a cappella selections before stunning the audience with a challenging number from the group Pentatonix. The concert concluded with a combined performance from all three choirs. Director Megan Goodman commented, “I couldn’t be more proud of the work these students put into this concert – their hard work and dedication definitely showed in the performance!! What a great night of singing!”
The first day of the Spring Arts Festival was a huge success! The nest was packed with observers and the performers came ready to impress. This night featured High School Jazz Band, Jr. High Percussion, Jr. High Band, and High School Concert Band. Every group did an incredible job and showed the audience once again just what it means to be in a North Pointe arts program.
In its first semester of existence, the North Pointe Jazz Band performed 3 incredible charts for their portion of the concert. They performed ‘Uncle Milo’, ‘Chameleon’, and ‘Vehicle’ which had the audience roaring. This group was made up primarily of concert band and percussion members and was an audition only extracurricular group meeting after school once a week.
North Pointe’s Jr. High Band (made up almost entirely of first semester members and members that were learning a new instrument) did an incredible performance of concert band music showing off their amazing learning achievements throughout this semester. Their concert ended with the ever popular, ‘Everything is Awesome’ from the Lego Movie and was a great joy to listen to as well as perform in.
The Jr. High Percussion group was made up mostly of members that have taken at least one prior semester of percussion and showed great promise in that semester. This class worked primarily on more advanced techniques such as difficult rudiments on the drums, and four mallet techniques on the keyboard instruments. These students performed a mallet only piece called ‘Not The Same’, and a popular youtube music sensation, ‘What Does the Fox Say?’.
Closing out the performance was the North Pointe Prep Concert Band. This group is made entirely of high schoolers and has skill levels of all shapes and sizes. Students that have just started in the current school year as well as students that have been playing for several years. Their concert was based entirely on soundtrack music from films including, The Hunger Games, The Incredibles, ET, The Avengers, and more. One of the highlights of the night was soloist Carissa Pena-Rivas’ emotional performance of, ‘Schindler’s List’ with accompaniment from the rest of the band. Director Chris Holtzem said, “It has been such a privilege to work with such talented students throughout this semester. Each year we’ve been able to continue growing and building and I cannot wait to see what next year will bring us!” He also spoke of the effect the seniors of this class have had on the music program and how sad he is to see them leaving.