Thursday, June 11, 2015

An uptempo finale for the 2015 St. Michael's School Rock Band

Toni Lucas

St. Michael's Rock Band students hosted their end of the year Rock Band Concert in the Dale Wentz Memorial Gymnasium on Friday June 5. The gym was packed with an audience of family and kids who were grooving to the music. The musicians had the chance to show their stuff on stage, with middle school students performing as the opening band for the senior students. It was an uptempo event, and the musicians were on track with quick transitions between performances, even when there were many changes in who was appearing on stage, the musical equipment being played, or lighting and sound set ups. The entire crew worked hard to make sure they did not leave the audience enough time to get bored, a professional approach almost as important as the music.

An interesting change this year was that there were less individuals on stage for any given song, up to a baker's dozen.  This year there were a number of guest appearances that added a dynamic edge to the performances.

Rock Band teacher Francis Krizan appeared on stage to play bass and guitar on a number of songs, as well as backup vocals on a number of tunes. Krizan said the senior lineup included guest appearances by student vocalists Tannis Bruder and Emma Burnham and staff members Mark Wynder (on guitar and vocals), Shelly Alexander (on vocals), Diana Smith (on vocals), Principal Don Kuchison (on vocals), and Patty Zoratti. "I played bass, guitar, and sang on a couple of songs. We had a lot of fun and really appreciated the support of the enthusiastic crowd. We would like to acknowledge the continued support of Saint Michael’s Administration and Friends of Saint Michael's, and also BMT Construction who made a large donation to the program at the very end of last school year, and which helped us out immensely this year."

Middle School

The songs:
Rockin' in the Free World (Neil Young)
Summer of 69 (Bryan Adams)
Seven Nation Army (White Stripes)
Rock And Roll All Nite (Kiss)
Weeping Angels (original song with lyrics written by class members)

The performers:
Tomika Andy - Crow Shoe - vocals
Spencer Antonation - drums
Blake Coombs - vocals, guitar, drums
Caleb Evans - vocals, guitar
Jesse Hall - guitar, drums
Aliyah Hungry - Wolf vocals
William Johnson - Jr. vocals, guitar
Caitlin Kirkman - vocals
Julian Krizan - guitar, drums
Joey Marquis - guitar
Lily Provost - vocals, guitar
Vivian Thomson - vocals, guitar
Shaylena TienKamp - vocals, guitar
Caylie Wheaton Uhl - vocals

Senior High

The songs:

Photograph (Def Leppard)
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
Surprise, Surprise (Billy Talent)
Ghost Riders in the Sky (Stan Jones)
Have You Ever Seen the Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Mr. Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan)
Twist and Shout (The Isley Brothers)
Low Rider (War) Mr.
9 Fall from Grace (Amanda Marshall) - Patty Zorratti

The performers:

Jaeger Hann - vocals, guitar
Bradin McClelland - vocals, guitar, bass
Brandon Birkmann - guitar
Tyler Hay - vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica

Diana Smith
Emma Burnham and Tannis Bruder
Shelly Alexander
K-Dog Kuchison
Patty Zorratti

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