by Jim Scheuer, O-W Band Director
The Owen-Withee Junior and Senior High School Bands, under the direction of Jim Scheuer, will present their annual Pops Concert on Monday May 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the high school gym. The concert will feature lighter concert selections in various styles, and also serves as the band awards night.
The concert will open with the Jazz Ensemble. The program will open with the Chase jazz-rock classic Get It On, with soloists Jade Pinter on trombone and Jessica Hurlebaus on trumpet. The contemporary swing selection Go Daddy-O by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will feature solos by Bryce Niemi on trumpet and Malinda Miller on alto saxophone. The jazz band will close with an original rock number written by Mr. Scheuer, Flight 7, which will feature multiple soloists, including all of the seniors in the ensemble.
The Junior High Band program will include On Wisconsin! and Zombie Nation’s Kernkraft 400. A high school pep band selection, We Got The Beat, will close the Junior High Band’s performance.
The Senior High Band program is not completely set, but may include one of the state-bound large ensembles from the band. The full band portion of the concert will begin with an arrangement of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Second will be a symphonic band arrangement of Beatles classics, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The closing selection will be a band classic, Instant Concert, which will present 30 classic melodies in three minutes’ time.
The Pops Concert marks the final O-W concert performance by eight seniors in the band program, who will receive special recognition at the concert. This year’s senior class includes Samuel Maki on flute, Aleyna Goerlitz on bassoon, Emily Gokey and Julia Schmelzer on clarinet, Kenadi Batchelor on alto saxophone, Jessica Hurlebaus and Megan Kelsey on trumpet, and Kyle Henke on tuba.
Also included on the program will be the presentation of the major band awards for the year, including the presentation of the John Philip Sousa Band Award to the outstanding senior in the band program.
There is no admission charge for the concert, and the public is invited to attend.