Toe-tapping, hand-clapping music

Posted March 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm


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Music, music, music and pie, pie, pie. A wide variety of both were available at the annual West Lyon Community School Pops Concert Friday, March 1. Throughout the evening, people were free to enjoy pie and ice cream or root beer floats while being entertained by junior high and high school vocal and instrumental students. Between acts, emcees, Tressa Munger and Marissa Munger, bantered with each other and told innocuous knock-knock jokes while performers set up backstage for the next performance.

Opening the show was the Junior High Jazz Band under the direction of Lynette Wedeking. They performed “Fast Break,” featuring Alex Kooistra on alto sax; “High Maintenance,” featuring Micah Meyer on tuba, Kira Spaans on tenor sax, Evan Ver Steeg on trombone, Tate Blankespoor on alto sax, and Brandon Ballinger on trumpet; “Saturday Night” and “Somebody I Used to Know.”

The Senior Girl Group, consisting of MacKenzie Ball, Meghan Bruggeman, Morgan Meendering, Dani Richarz and Jamie Tracy, sang a fast-paced “I Will Survive.”

The High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Brad Sexe, performed foot-stomping music as well as reverie-type numbers. Their set began with “In the Dog House” featuring Cassidy Koedam on tenor sax, followed by a slower “Traces,” featuring Weston Knobloch on flugelhorn. The next two songs were “Abracadabra,” featuring Noah Blankespoor on bari sax and Cassidy Koedam on tenor sax, and “Bittersweet Romance,” featuring Cassidy Koedam on soprano sax. Ending their portion of the show was “Hocus Pocus,” featuring Rebecca Van Regenmorter on alto sax, Talon Meyer on electric guitar, Daniel Burwitz on trombone, Weston Knobloch on trumpet, Grace Gilbertson on tenor sax, and Cassidy Koedam on tenor sax.

Cassidy Koedam singing the Christina Aguilera song, “Hurt,” ended the first half of the evening’s entertainment.

Following intermission, the West Lyon WIldcat Jazz Choir got the show back in full swing with the lively “Java Jive” and the familiar theme song from “The Pink Panther.” Christian Bouwman and Cassidy Koedam were featured soloists during the singing of “Change the World.” The group finished with the intriguing “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” which is, according to the songwriter, about having to dig incredibly deep to find out who you want to be.

It was lights out, and as the curtains opened for the West Lyon High School Drumline, all the audience saw were colorful glow sticks flashing as the members played “Eighths” and “Pick It Up.”

The West Lyon Junior High Wildcat Show Choir opened with the song, “Accidentally In Love.” A rousing choreography and peppy singing of the song, “We Go Together,” from the hit show Grease completed their presentation.

An audience favorite of the evening was the Men’s Small Group performing the song “Home.” People were given the chance to hear the talent these young men have, but which is seldom showcased during regular concerts.

The final performance of the evening was the West Lyon Wildcat Show Choir singing “Get Happy,” featuring soloists Dani Richarz and Christian Bouwman, and “Don’t Stop,” featuring soloists Meghan Bruggeman and Morgan Meendering.

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