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Fiddlers at the Michigan Irish Music Fest 2016


2016 Mona Shores Fiddlers

dscn7966The Mona Shores Fiddlers performed their sixth show of the 2016 Summer-Fall Tour this past Sunday, September 18, 2016 at The Michigan Irish Music Fest. It was a picture perfect sunny day with just amazing weather, weekend filled withsome truly talented entertainers and the sounds of great Irish Music.

dscn7942The Michigan Irish Music Fest really out did themselves with one of the best MIMF ever!! So before going any further on behalf of all The Fiddlers, we would like to Thank the MIMF for once again including the Fiddlers to the Fest. Its an incredible honor to be able to perform along side these gifted musicians, to be able to play for our community, and to be included such an amazing festival. Thank you, thank you, thank you can not be said enough to be apart of MIMF.

dscn7956The Fiddlers performed a 60 minute set of some of their classic Irish arrangements as well as some new arrangements to a rather large crowd at the Galway Stage. The crowd was made up friends, family, members from other groups performing at MIMF and the MIMF community at large getting comments on Social Media as “Awesome”, “Amazing”,”Talented” and “the Mona Shores Kids Rock!!!!”

dscn7943-version-2The MIMF is one the BIG highlights of the Fiddlers Summer-Tour but they have still have a couple of dates coming up. The Summer-Fall Tour will wrap up on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at The Mona Shores 15th Annual Fiddle Fest with the Mona Shores Middle Fiddles, Mona Shores Fiddlers, and very special guest CrossBow!!! Details, ticket information, to follow, so watch for our posters, the web page, and our social pages.

Thank you again to the Michigan Irish Music Fest and look forward to seeing everyone at our 15th Annual Fiddle Fest!


Here are a few tunes from MIMF2016:







2016 Roosevelt Park Day


It was a soggy Saturday this past August 27, 2016 but the rain did clear for the parade and the festival. The Fiddlers managed to march in the Roosevelt Park Day parade and perform an amazing set after the parade in the entertainment tent.

This was the third performance of the Fiddlers 2016 Summer/Fall Tour. The Fiddlers have one more performance this week for the Mona Shores faculty at the district wide 2016-2017 School Year Kick Off Meeting. Then its less than three weeks till the Fiddlers take to the Galway Stage at 10 AM on Sunday Funday of the Michigan Irish Music Fest.

For more pics and see replays of Live Video Feeds of the Roosevelt Park Day performance, visit our Facebook page.

Many Thanks to the City of Roosevelt Park for inviting the Fiddlers to perform at the festivities. Its a great honor to be able to play for so many of friends and family in our community.

2016 Sparta Celtic Fest


DSCN7790After a couple of years of invites the Fiddlers finally were able to accept an invitation to perform at the Sparta Celtic Fest last weekend in Sparta, MI. This has not been a easy task to accomplish when you are saying congrats to the outgoing seniors, welcoming the new freshmen,  enjoying summer vacations, camps, family weddings, college visits, student jobs, summer fun, etc. The Fiddlers continued to rehearse this summer arranging old material, adding new songs, adding instruments, and attending Fiddle Camp.

DSCN7798The long summer work is paying off as the summer & fall performances tour begins. The Fiddlers have up coming performances at the Roosevelt Park Day, Mona Shores District Meeting, The Muskegon Irish American Dinner, The Michigan Music Irish Music Fest, and Fiddle Fest with special guest Crossbow. Check the schedule our events on Facebook for the latest information.

DSCN7786The Fiddlers sounded great and had a good time at the Sparta Celtic Fest, they are happy they were invited back again at the end of the performance. If you have not been to the Sparta Celtic Fest you are missing out.

More photos are on our Flickr page and a Live Stream of one of the songs is on our Facebook page. See everyone at the parade and on stage for Roosevelt Park Day.

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2016 Fiddle Camp


Here are a few pictures of the Fiddlers participating last weekend in a weekend long Fiddle Camp in Mears, MI.  They were preparing and working on new material for their 2016 Summer Tour while still finding time for fun on the Sand Dunes, swimming, team building activities, campfires, etc.  More pictures can be found on our Flickr page.

Check out the Fiddlers on tour this Summer Tour:

Sparta Celtic Festival: Saturday, August 13, 2016, 11:00 AM, Kent Equipment Main Stage

Rosevelt Park Day:  Saturday, August 27, 2016. Parade 10 AM and a performance in the entertainment tent on Broadway at 12:30 PM

Michigan Music Irish Festival:  Sunday, September 18, 2016, 10 AM Galway Stage.

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First Muskegon Street Performers

Fiddlers at the first Muskegon Street Performers
Fiddlers at the first Muskegon Street Performers

The Fiddlers could not have ordered up a better night for the first ever Muskegon Street Performers, sunny in the mid 70’s!! The Fiddlers took control of the SW corner of the Muskegon Farmers Market with some limited dancing from the Country Fresh Dairy Cow, many passerby’s, and large groups in the shade enjoying the show.

The Fiddlers set was bitter sweet, it was the last performance for our graduated seniors. The Fiddlers dusted off some old tunes we had not heard in awhile and some new arrangements to this years set list.  You can check out our Facebook page for a couple audio samples of last night set.

If you missed last night Fiddler set you will have a few more opportunities later this summer. The Fiddlers are in transition now as our Class of 2016 leaves and our incoming freshmen join but you will be able to catch them with their new look and sound later this summer at Sparta Irish Fest, Roosevelt Park Days, and Michigan Music Irish Fest.

2016 High School Spring Concert and Awards

Seniors at the end of Finale
Seniors at the end of Finale from Symphony No. 45

The 2016 High School Spring Concert and Awards Ceremony was an amazing show. Mrs. DeRose said “The concert is bittersweet. The 8th grade orchestra sounds great, I can’t wait to work with them. The seniors are such amazing group of people I am sad to see them go but excited for them as they leave Mona Shores.”

8th Grade Orchestras
8th Grade Orchestras

Mr. Mosley’s Eighth Grade Orchestra open the concert with Richard Meyer’s Geometric Dances.

Concert Orchestras
Concert Orchestras

The Mrs. DeRose’s High School Concert Orchestra took the stage starting the evening musical theme of Tributes. They played Andrew Dabcynski’s arrangement of An Armed Forces Tribute, Jon Williams The Olympic Spirt, and a Beatles Melody.

Mona Shores Fiddlers
Mona Shores Fiddlers
Greg Beaudoin introducing Amran nut de Caerlaverock
Greg Beaudoin introducing Amran nut de Caerlaverock

The Mona Shores Fiddlers played two tunes. One original piece Amran nut de Caerlaverock by our own Greg Beaudoin. This piece was first performed by the Fiddlers at 2016 Collage Concert but tonight we got the touching explanation on how Amran nut de Caerlaverock is a tribute to his family. The Fiddlers finished night with a new version of Jackie Tar.

Symphonic Orchestra
Symphonic Orchestra

The Symphonic Orchestra continued the tribute theme with John Phillip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and a Tribute To John Williams adapted by Paul Lavender.  Tribute To John Williams was accompanied with a video arranged by Mr. Dave Droski and Jacob gravel.

Combined Orchestra performing Finale from Symphony No 45
Combined Orchestra performing Finale from Symphony No 45

The Combined Orchestras played Franz Hayden’s The Finale from Symphony No 45, arranged by Richard Meyer with the musicians turn off their stand lights when leaving the stage as they played leaving only the Seniors at the end.

2016 Senior Strings
2016 Senior Strings

The Senior Strings presented some touching gifts to Mrs. DeRose and performed Jupiter From The Planets by Gustav Holst, arr. Deborah Baker Monday.

2015-2016 Awards:

National Orchestra Award: Dale Liddle

Directors Award: Margaret Henrikson

Outstanding Fiddler Award: Greg Beaudoin

MSBOA Scholar Musician Award: Paul Young

Edquist Memorial Fund Scholarship Awards: Dale Liddle, Emily Morris, & Paul Young

Senior Strings:

Ezekiel Clark – 2008-2016

Margaret Henrikson – 2008-2016

Dale Liddle – 2008-2016

Emily Morris – 2009 – 2016

Shelby Sikes – 2008-2016

Paul Young – 2008-2016

Senior Winds:

Madalyn Bacon – 2015-2016

Matthew Farmer – 2015-2016

Madison LaDuke – 2015-2016

Noah Sowles – 2014-2016

Hayley Towers – 2012 – 2016

Exchange Student: Kako Nishiyama – 2015-2016


The Mona Shores Orchestras will be at the Muskegon Lumberjacks game for two nights. The Middle School Orchestra will be Friday, March 11, 2016  and the High School Orchestra & Fiddlers will be Saturday March 12, 2016.

Please use the attached order forms below to purchase your tickets. For each night if we sell 50 or more tickets the the orchestra will receive a portion of the ticket sales.

Mona Shores Middle School Orchestra Flyer 3-11-16

To order tickets for Friday night with the Middle School use the following form: Mona Shores Middle School Orchestra Order Form 3-11-16Mona Shores Middle School Orchestra Order Form 3-11-16

Mona Shores High School Orchestra Flyer 3-12-16

To order tickets for Saturday night with the High School use the following form: Mona Shores High School Orchestra Order Form 3-12-16 (1)

Mona Shores High School Orchestra Order Form 3-12-16 (1)

Amazing 14th Annual Fiddle Fest


The 14th Annual Fiddle Fest has come to a close. The Middle Fiddlers, The Fiddlers and featured guest AnDro gave us an amazing performance and successful event. Thank you to all the parent volunteers, to Walk The Beat  for sponsoring the Fiddle Fest workshop with AnDro, and featured guests AnDro.

DSCN5398The Middle Fiddlers, directed by Mr. Nick Mosley, gave their first performance of the year which did not sound like a first performance. The Middle Fiddlers are a young talented group performed a job well done.




DSCN5438The Fiddlers, directed by Mrs. Kelly DeRose, performed a updated  amazing set since the Michigan Irish Music Fest with new songs, new versions and some classic tunes this class of Fiddlers have fine tuned.  The Senior performance of the Parting Glass showed us we are losing large group of talented students but the amazing performance shows the group has amazing depth of talent.


AnDroThe featured guest AnDro finished the night with an amazing set. If you not seen AnDro you really owe it to yourself to check them out live. Its like AnDro is a freight train on a Celtic journey taking on the rhythms of the valleys of the world its passing by; very powerful, fun and enjoyable. AnDro finished the night with the Middle Fiddlers and Fiddlers on stage together.

Some photos of the night are below and more can be found on our Flickr page.

Once again, Thank you to all for making Fiddle Fest a success.

2015 Homecoming

Fiddlers HC 2015

DSCN4517The weather was amazing last night for the 2015 Mona Shores Homecoming. After the Homecoming Parade the Fiddlers performed at the Annual Tailgate Party.  Attendees of the tailgate were able to enjoy a very tasty meal provided by Texas Roadhouse where a portion of the proceeds will be going to 1997 graduate Eric Westover who was seriously injured in an accident this summer. Eric was riding his dirt bike at Silver Lake when he collided with a Jeep, breaking all four of his limbs.

If you missed last nights event here is a sample of Molly Malone. Don’t miss the Fiddlers on Nov. 14 at the 14th Annual Fiddle Fest with special guests AnDro.

More photos of the even can viewed on our Flickr page, a link is on our side menu bars.