Night of High School Music-ians!
By Judith Green
April 17, 2006
What a treat! Sitting in the Kayhi Auditorium to watch and listen
to the results of time and effort and discipline on the behalf
of (retiring) choir colonel Gerald Hughes and band director
Dale Curtis. The students under the tutelage of these two caring
individual musicians-teachers are a special lot amongst Kayhi
These students will represent Ketchikan School District at the
annual SE Music Festival to be held this year in Sitka. I m sure
Ketchikan will not be disappointed in this representation.
The symphonic band will for the first time be traveling to this
event and they will do an outstanding performance, based on
what I heard and saw Tuesday night, April 11. They are a disciplined,
well groomed, good sounding group of student-musicians, on their
way to being part of yet a larger group (the Wind Ensemble) in
the next few years of high school. They followed the direction
and intensity of Mr Curtis almost without flaw.
The Kayhi chorus gave a grand performance for their colonel
. Mr Gerald Hughes put together a marvelously varied selection
of songs, such that all would have heard a piece that appealed
to one s individual preference of modality. I could tell he was
enjoying this concert, and was pleased with all his students.
The final number, Prayer of
the Children, was a selection some of the chorus members requested
to perform. It was an outstanding way to end any performance,
and most especially their parting tribute to the Kayhi choral
Aha and saluto to the jabberwocky
. This has been performed through the years in Ketchikan by various
aged songsters under the direction of both Mr Hughes and Clarice
Stephen. It is always a pleaser and the choreography was enjoyed
by, yes both the audience and performers. (And I am sure, the
Director as well.)
The acapella parts and electronic
keyboard in Saul was one that made me sit up and pay attention
I would like to hear this again.
Bravo! to the accompanist of
the Concert Choir. Not even a page turner sat beside Sara Corporon,
and she never missed a beat!
After 23 years with the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District,
Jerry Hughes is ready to retire to the community-at-large, and
will be sharing more of his talents in this new chapter of life.
The Wind Ensemble performed marvelously as well. There was narration
as way of introduction to each piece, which helped the audience
to be more aware and tuned-in .
According to some of the students, there were some mistakes along
the way (as will happen in most performances), but nary a sign
was seen from the audience. The performance went on its way and
ended all together. The beginnings and endings of each piece
were well executed, as each participant was fully aware of the
direction and sensitivity being given by Mr Curtis.
I was happy to be sitting once again in the Kayhi auditorium
listening to talented students and watching the direction of
these 2 caring musical directors.
Ketchikan (city, gateway borough,
and school district) has always shown that music plays an important
part in our lives. This is evidenced not only by Kayhi students
presently performing, but with returning Kayhi students willing
to give of their time and talent to the KGBSD, such as with this
year s Wind Ensemble. There were 2 returning alumni who were
enjoying playing once again on the Kayhi auditorium stage.
One has only to check out all the musical organizations in town
that call upon local talent and people just simply interested
in music as an outflow of creativity, enjoyment, or to help get
rid of the cabin fever days .
Thank you to all of you who participated in the Ketchikan High
School Pre-Festival Concert given on Tuesday, April 11, 2006.
Not just the performers and directors, but also the stage and
lighting crews, the principal and faculty, and the supporting
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Judith Green writes,
"I am returning (to retire) to Ketchkan after a long absence.
I had to leave to care for my mother. Since she died a year ago,
I am now able to return to the State I have considered home since
1964, and to the town that was home for many years. I taught
piano and was accompanist for the school district and many town
organizations from 1970-90. I want to give back to Ktn and the
wonderful people, as 'you' were so good to me and my family during
those years. In October 2005 I left Buffalo New York and drove
America's byways to California, Oregon, Washington and now Ketchikan."
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