NHS ‘superiors’ highlight spring concerts

Alexis Barker, NLJ News Editor

As the 2021-22 school year comes to a close, band and choir students will take the Crouch Auditorium stage on May 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. for their cumulative spring concerts. On Monday, May 16, roughly 140 students, in grades five through 12, will perform a variety of pieces, according to band instructor Ryan Whipple. 

“Selections will include classic literature such as Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy,’ as well as some more current pieces like ‘Seven Nation Army,’ originally performed by The White Stripes,” Whipple said. “Middle school Principal Tyler Bartlett will be a featured soloist with the sixth grade band.” 

The evening will conclude with a huge closing finale featuring all 140 students. This concert will be the first full spring instrumental performance since 2019.

The next evening, choir students from the middle school and high school will wrap up their school year with their spring concert titled “All the Way Home.” 

This concert will feature performances by the middle school and high school choirs, as well as several ensembles. Following the individual performances, all the sixth through 12th grade vocalists will take the stage for a finale. 

The featured ensembles, according to instructor Jan Ellis, recently performed at the Northeast District Music Festival in Buffalo. 

“Every vocal entry represented Newcastle High School very well by earning Superior ratings from their judges. Soloists performing were Cadence Larson, Maggie Mae Lorenz and Dakotta Wheeler. The Gemtonz trio made up of Cadence, Maggie Mae and Dakotta and the Troubadour quartet made up of Avery Chick, Duncan Cox, Steven Huey and Robert Humes also received Superior ratings,” Ellis said. “The Senior Duet of Avery and Duncan earned a Superior Plus, the highest award possible.”

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