All posts by Bob De Rose

Bob De Rose is originally from Hoffman Estates, IL, a northwest suburb of Chicago, IL. De Rose moved to Michigan in 1991 to attend Western Michigan University where he earned a BS from the College of Engineering. He has lived and worked across West Michigan working as a manufacturing engineer for Michigan Automotive Compressors, Herman Miller, Behr, and Dana/Mahle; as a Realtor with Greenridge Realty; and is now pursuing a Web Design Degree from Muskegon Community College. In 2001, De Rose began rehabbing homes and became a rental property owner forming Dnal & Emoh Real Estate Solutions, LLC. In 2006, De Rose and other partners formed Derby Real Estate Solutions, LLC. Both companies properties are located in Grand Rapids. De Rose is a member of the Kent County Rental Property Owners Association. As Michigan’s manufacturing base changed, De Rose took the opportunity to earn his Michigan State Real Estate License, and is now a Realtor ® with Greenridge Realty in Muskegon. As a Realtor ®, De Rose has continued his real estate education with the following classes Residential Relocation, Landlord-Tenant Law, EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting, Rehab and Flipping for Profit, and earned a e-Pro Certification from the National Association of Realtors. De Rose has lived in Kalamazoo, Holland, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids and now in Muskegon. He is very familiar with West Michigan, which has helped him sell and list properties throughout the region. De Rose now lives with his loving wife, Kelly, in the Muskegon area.

2022 Sparta Celtic Festival

The Fiddlers at Sparta Celtic Fest with Liam “the extra large” Leprechaun

This year at the Sparta Celtic we had some true Irish weather with some needed steady rain, unfortunately it came a day too soon, but that did not stop the Fiddlers or the Sparta Celtic Fest. The Fiddlers moved from main stage to the beverage tent so the Fiddlers and the audience could be dry.

It might have been a bit cooler and damp but it was a warm reception from Sparta. Thank you to the Sparta Celtic Fest for the invite once again and look forward to being back next year!

For more pictures and recorded live streams of the Sparta Celtic Fest see the Mona Shores Orchestra Facebook and Instagram pages.

Summer Strings

The Mona Shores Middle School Orchestra completed a successful week of Summer Strings. Summer Strings is for the 6th-8th orchestra students and they met in the morning for a full week at the Ross Park pavilion. Check out our Facebook page for many more pictures and few videos of the final performances.

Singing Christmas Tree Replay

The Muskegon Channel has made available a replay of this years Singing Christmas Tree for a limited time. Please enjoy and share all the hard work our Mona Shores Choir and Orchestra students, parents, and community have done on this years Singing Christmas Tree.

A replay of the 2021 Mona Shores Singing Christmas is available from December 18th to January 8th.
https://muskegonchannel.com/special

Thank you to the Muskegon Channel for all your hard work to make this an amazing online presentation and availability to share with the world.

We hope everyone has a very safe and Happy Holiday season.

Annual Orchestra Apparel Sale

Mona Shores Orchestra Apparel

The Mona Shores Orchestra Parents Association is offering an opportunity for you to support the orchestra through the annual apparel sale. They are again teaming up with Trophy House and offering several new items this year including Alumni apparel.

All orders must be placed online. The online store will be open until Monday, November 22. All orders will be processed after that date and should be ready during the week of December 6. Trophy House will notify you when your items are ready and available for pick.

Please follow this link to access the online store:

Mona Shores Orchestra Apparel Sale

Un-Fundraiser 2021

After taking a year off, our annual Un-Fundraiser Donation Drive is back!  Please donate today.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 for the Mona Shores Orchestra Parent Association’s general fund to support our orchestra students.  If we reach our goal, no additional fundraisers for the general fund will be held this school year. 

No amount is too big or too small.  Cash and Check donations are currently being accepted by all orchestra students until October 15, or make a quick and easy donation ONLINE.

If every orchestra student collects five $10 donations ($50 total) we will meet our goal.

Thank you so much for your support of the

Mona Shores Orchestra Program!

Donations also accepted by mail:
Mona Shores Orchestra Parent Association (MSOPA)
1121 Seminole Road
Norton Shores, MI  49441

2021 Sparta Celtic fest

Fiddlers at 2021 Sparta Celtic Fest

The Fiddlers were very excited to take to the stage at the 2021 Sparta Celtic Fest Saturday, August 14. It was great to back on stage in Sparta. Liam the XL Leprechaun extended our contract as the all time opening band so mark your calendars for August 12-13, 2022, for next year’s Sparta Celtic Fest.

Thank you to Liam, the festival sponsors and volunteers, and all the folks who came out to watch us.

Share your pictures on social media with #1Village7Nations

For more information on the Sparta Celtic Fest please visit https://www.spartacelticfest.org/

Holiday virtual concert

Announcing our VIRTUAL Holiday Orchestra Concerts – TONIGHT!!The Middle School video premieres at 7:00pm, and the High School video premieres at 7:30pm. Join us from home for a watch party as we enjoy the music of our outstanding orchestra student musicians!

And here’s the link to the High School video, premiering Tonight, December 17th, at 7:30pm TONIGHT!!

High School Orchestra Holiday Virtual Concert

https://youtu.be/9FRWc3s8OwY

Mona Shores Middle School Virtual Holiday Concert

Middle School Link: https://youtu.be/_QlJR32J4Og

2020 SPOOKTACULAR CONCERT

The Mona Shores Orchestra Program is proud to present its first concert since February 2020. On Wednesday, October 28, at 7:00 pm, high school orchestra members will perform in the annual Spooktacular Concert.

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the in person audience is limited to immediate family members, however, the Spooktacular Concert is being live streamed by our own Sailor Nation Sports Network. Please join us online:

Scan the QR Code below with your cell phone’s camera to access the concert program.

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2020 Spooktacular Program

MSO Class of 2020

Tonight was supposed to be MSO Spring Concert and the final concert for our seniors. Traditionally the seniors are recognized and awards are given.  So tonight Mrs. DeRose, Mona Shores Orchestra Parent Association Board went on the road to present awards, present MSO 2020 yard signs, and have the seniors sign a violin that will hang in the high school orchestra room.

The parade of cars honked as they approached a seniors home and stopped to cheer on the seniors from an acceptable social distance as Mrs. DeRose recognized the class of 2020. Most of the seniors were home but we did leave surprises for each of them. It was a fun night seeing the seniors with smiles on their faces. As the fun continued we even added a few more cars with seniors and parents .

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 and best of luck on your next adventure.

Congratulations to our Class of 2020 Award Winners:

National Orchestra Award
Ava Crago

Directors Award
Kiley Jackson

Outstanding Fiddler Award
Ava Crago, Madison Cree, Eleanor Hopper

MSBOA Scholar Musician Award
Madison Cree

Edquist Memorial Fund Scholarship Award
Madison Cree

Safe Social Distance Photos of the 2020 MSO Parade