Category Archives: Middle School

MSBOA District 7 Middle School Honors Orchestra

Saturday April 18, 2015,  Michigan State Band & Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District 7 held the Middle School Honors  Band and Orchestra.  Sixteen students, seven 7th graders and nine 8th graders participated in the day long event which culminated in a concert directed by Dr. John Blakemore and Mr. Brian Balmages.  The MSBOA Honors Orchestra performed the world premiere of Mr. Balmages’  “Forever Joyful”, a work that was commissioned by MSBOA District 7 specifically for this event.  Congratulations to our student performers: Ava Carr, Ava Crago, Katelyn Knowlson, Dakota Steinhauer, Joclyn Muchna, Kaylee Holman, Victoria Everet, Christy Shovan-Lee, Alexis Gerstenfeld, Patricia Lozen, Jason Fitzpatrick, Madison Cree, Jaiden Cuningham, Tommy Newman, Noah Kinnucan, and Eleanor Hopper

Electrify Your Strings

On Friday December 12, 2014 Several of our Mona Shores High School & Middle School orchestra members had the chance to participate in the Mark Wood’s Electrify Your Strings with Muskegon High School Orchestra. Mlive reports:

Wood, an original member of the Multi-Platinum-selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, has worked with Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz and Billy Joel, among others.

The Friday night concert was more of a rock concert and full of energy. Vega Goorman and Jason Fitzpatrick were featured performers in a couple of songs. Jason put down his instrument to the Viper for a spin for his featured spot. Mr. Mosely even got in on the fun. Question of the night is who had more fun the audience or the players?

Here are a few shots of the fun.

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MLive Article : http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/muskegon/index.ssf/2014/12/emmy-winning_composer_mark_woo.html