Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Exetere-Milligan Pre-Contest/Spring Concert

Above - The Exeter-Milligan Junior High Choir performed “Sweet Caroline” during the Spring Concert on Monday night.
Below – The Exeter-Milligan Junior High girls presented a One Direction number, “Drag Me Down,” during the concert.

Above -The trombone quartet present their concert piece.  They are pictured from the left, Katie Skinner, Clint Oldhoeft, Patrick Murphy and Nick Hayek.

Below – The Exeter Milligan Women’s Ensemble was joined by the junior high choir to perform one piece.

Above- The Exeter Milligan Women’s Ensemble pictured from the left are Ashley Benorden, Caitlin Murphy, Katie Skinner, Haylee Sheffield and Anna Bettu.

Below – The Exeter-Milligan Jazz Band

Above – During the Jazz Band performance Katherine White gave a solo performance.
Below – Focusing on the music are Nick Hayek (front row on the left) and Clint Oldehoeft (front row on the right) with Trever Zelenka (left) and Trystan Brandt (right) behind.

Above – Anna Sluka performs a solo during Jazz Band at the Monday evening concert.
Below – The Exeter-Milligan Junior/Senior High Band perform their contest pieces for the audience.

Above - Exeter-Milligan’s brass quintet gave the audience a preview of their contest number.  Pictured from the left are Trever Zelenka, Mitchell Manning, Joel Klemm, Spencer Pribyl and Caitlin Murphy.

Photos and story by Leesa K. Bartu

The Exeter-Milligan Band and Choir showcased their talents for a local audience on Monday, April 10 at the Exeter site gym.

The junior high choir started the evening off singing “The Journey” and the popular tune, “Sweet Caroline.”  After these two pieces, the junior high girls chose to sing their on their own “Drag Me Down,” made popular by One Direction.

This concert is the Pre-contest/Spring Concert and so the audience was treated to several group performances scattered throughout the evening.  The first of these was a brass quintet performing “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” before the trombone quartet presented “Gavotte and Hornpipe.”

The High School Women’s Ensemble was joined by the junior high choir to perform “Show Me the Way” which was made popular by the rock group Styx.

On their own, the High School Women’s Ensemble did a beautiful job on “Wings” and “The Violet,” before the percussion ensemble performed “Trepak Dance.”

The Jazz Band at Exeter-Milligan doesn’t have the opportunity to practice together much but they still managed to do an excellent job with “Swing’s the Thing” and “Takin’ Care of Business.”  Katherine White and Patrick Murphy both had solos during “Swing’s the Thing,” and Anna Sluka soloed during “Taking Care of Business.”

The Junior-Senior High Band performed a fun piece first, “In the Mood,” and then shared their two contest pieces, “Brighton Beach” and “Incantations.”

The Exeter-Milligan junior-senior high band members will attend District Music contest April 20 and 21 in Sutton.  On Thursday the students will perform their individual and small group pieces and Friday the concert band will perform.

Prior to Monday evenings concert, the students enjoyed a band supper provided by the Exeter-Milligan Arts Boosters and their parents.

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