Emily Gokey wins John Philip Sousa award at Band Pops Concert

Emily Gokey, a clarinet player in the Owen-Withee High School Band, received the John Philip Sousa award at the Band Pops Concert on May 13. The John Philip Sousa award is given annually to the Outstanding Senior in the band. It is the most prestigious award for high school band students nation-wide, given in recognition of superior musicianship, leadership, dependability, and loyalty, the high qualities of conduct that school instrumental music requires.

Emily has been very active in the band program throughout high school.  She qualified for the State Solo and Ensemble festival on a clarinet solo each year of high school, and also went to state on several small ensembles, piano solos, and numerous large ensembles. She was a three-time Cloverbelt All-Conference Band selection, and was the pianist in the jazz ensemble. Emily is the daughter of Brad and Jean Gokey of Owen.

Another outstanding senior musician, trumpeter Jessica Hurlebaus, received the U. S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Band Award. This award recognizes diligence, dedication and musical excellence as a high school band musician and soloist.

In addition, a number of other band students received awards and recognition at the concert. Among these were Cody Funk, an eighth grade trumpet player, who received the “Most Improved” award for the Junior High Band, along with Kelly Renderman, a freshman percussionist, and Joanna Riihinen, a sophomore percussionist, who received the “Most Improved” awards for the Senior High Band. Eight graduating seniors were recognized for their contributions to the band throughout their high school careers. This year’s seniors are Samuel Maki (flute), Aleyna Goerlitz (bassoon), Emily Gokey (clarinet), Julia Schmelzer (clarinet), Kenadi Batchelor (alto saxophone), Jessica Hurlebaus (trumpet), Megan Kelsey (trumpet) and Kyle Henke (tuba).

Emily Gokey receives the John Philip Sousa award from Band Director Mr. Jim Scheuer.

Emily Gokey receives the John Philip Sousa award from Band Director Mr. Jim Scheuer.

The bleachers begin to fill up for the annual Junior High and Senior High Pops Band Concert at O-W High School.

The bleachers begin to fill up for the annual Junior High and Senior High Pops Band Concert at O-W High School.

Members of the O-W Senior High Band await their turn following the Junior High Band performance.

Members of the O-W Senior High Band await their turn following the Junior High Band performance.

The O-W Senior Band performs under the direction of Jim Scheuer.

The O-W Senior Band performs under the direction of Jim Scheuer.

The percussion section of the O-W Senior HS band.

The percussion section of the O-W Senior HS band.

O-W Band Director Jim Scheuer conducts his final  annual Pops Concert of his 33 year career with the school. Scheuer will remain involved with the band during summer school but is retiring before the 2013-14 school year.

O-W Band Director Jim Scheuer conducts his final annual Pops Concert of his 33 year career with the school. Scheuer will remain involved with the band during summer school but is retiring before the 2013-14 school year.

Senior O-W HS Band member Emily Gokey is presented with the first of several awards she received at the O-W HS Pops band concert and awards ceremony.

Senior O-W HS Band member Emily Gokey is presented with the first of several awards she received at the O-W HS Pops band concert and awards ceremony.

HS Senior Band member Julia Schmelzer receives an award from Band Director Jim Sheuer at the annual Pops Concert and Award Ceremony.

HS Senior Band member Julia Schmelzer receives an award from Band Director Jim Sheuer at the annual Pops Concert and Award Ceremony.

 

Ag/Tech Ed teacher Travis Engel presents an award to O-W HS band director Jim Scheuer to honor him on his retirement from 33 years of teaching music at Owen-Withee School.

Ag/Tech Ed teacher Travis Engel presents an award to O-W HS band director Jim Scheuer to honor him on his retirement from 33 years of teaching music at Owen-Withee School.

Band Director Jim Scheuer directs the O-W HS band in their annual Pops Concert in the HS gym.

 

 

O-W HS Band director Jim Scheuer and his mother, Mary Scheuer, celebrate his retirement from 33 years of teaching music and band at Owen-Withee School.

O-W HS Band director Jim Scheuer and his mother, Mary Scheuer, celebrate his retirement from 33 years of teaching music and band at Owen-Withee School.

Band director Jim Scheuer is joined at his final Pops Concert by Mr. Nelson, his former high school band director, and his mother, Mary Scheuer at Scheuer's final concert as O-W School band director.

Band director Jim Scheuer is joined at his final Pops Concert by Mr. Nelson, his former high school band director, and his mother, Mary Scheuer at Scheuer’s final concert as O-W School band director.

 

 

 

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