By Shayla Scallorn
Social Media Editor
Breathtaking sights were seen, laughs were shared with friends, and songs were sung. After months of excitement and anticipation, eight hours on the bus, four days and three nights spent in historic Boston, Mass., the choir made every minute of their trip count.
For this trip, the choir was given a once in a lifetime opportunity. On the second night the students took to the field at Fenway Park, proudly sporting Red Lion apparel and had the extraordinary honor of singing the National Anthem for the Red Sox and Yankees game.
By Rachel Gelfand
Red Lion’s symphonic and marching ensembles have been working tirelessly in preparation for their five day trip to Texas at the end of this month.
The symphonic ensemble is working toward a music clinic. The music clinic will center around time with the director of bands at St. Mary’s University.
“Since the symphonic band is a class that meets every day, we get to work on the repertoire pretty often,” band director Curtis Crone said.
By Ben Wesley
For clarification, there is a difference between orchestra and band. The string orchestra consists of four instruments: the violin, viola, cello, and bass; while the band uses other instruments.
However, for the holiday concert, the string orchestra and band team up to form a full orchestra, which has more than just strings.
Mrs. Ashley McDaniel, the orchestra teacher in the Red Lion school district, only joined Red Lion this year. After working at a private school in Maryland, she now leads the senior high and junior high orchestras, as well as teaching eighth grade music classes.
The purpose of the orchestra, McDaniel said, is “to enrich the students’ musical experiences, to have fun, and to express ourselves.”
After all, she pointed out, music is how we relieve stress, celebrate, and simply experience life.
By Elijah Gregory
Marketing and Communications Editor
After auditioning in May, Red Lion Junior Kevin Scheetz was accepted as a trombone player in the All National Concert Band.
The National In-Service Conference is a three day event in which top tier high school musicians perform as part of a massive orchestra, choir, band, or jazz band. Kevin auditioned and was successful in earning a spot in the National Band.
After three days of rehearsals, the four groups performed on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, a 90 year old venue normally occupied by legendary country artists.
“Seeing the other ensembles perform was unreal, it was hard to believe all of them were high school students,” Scheetz said.
He was also able to stay in the Opryland Hotel, “A town within a building,” as Scheetz described. The building covers roughly eight acres and includes rivers and actual buildings.
“The best experiences I had was meeting people, who are now my good friends, from all over the country, as well as making beautiful music with them on a level that is unmatched,” Scheetz said.
It is considered a high honor to be selected for this band, and Kevin was able to perform alongside very talented students, an experience few people can say they have.
“All in all it was an absolutely terrific experience and I loved every second of it,” Scheetz said.
Follow this link to see the photo gallery of the students at the Renaissance Faire.
By Eli Gregory
From the moment the buses arrived, Red Lion students were able to experience what life was like many years ago. Lords, ladies, and even acting peasants wandered by, offering good days and courtesies. Vendors called out their wares through song, and “Long Live the King, God Save the Queen,” could be heard every minute or so. For the next few hours, students would be immersed in the language and culture of the Renaissance Faire.
"I haven't been in recent years," said junior Riley Perkowski. "But it still had the warm aroma of the Renaissance faire I've grown to love.”
The day of the field trip was also “students only day”, which gave the faire a unique and youthful vibe.
Throughout the day different events, acts, and performances happen. A hypnotist, a falconer, brawls, and comedy skits were among many that could be seen both on the walking paths and stages set up throughout the faire. Many students attended the human chess match, a spin on the classic game featuring real fights. The match was also hosted by the king and the queen themselves, who chose members of the audience to participate in the showdown.
One participant was a little boy who quickly became a crowd favorite called Ben the Pirate. “It very entertaining and engaging,” said senior Emma Rinehart. “The People all kept in character and it was amazing.”
Fights were well done, swords and axes clashed, fists were thrown, and one actor even used a whip. It ended with four knights announcing a duel to the death later on in the day.
When the students first arrived, many headed to the jousting arena to see the tournament joust, prelude to the ultimate joust later in the day. The crowd was cheering and booing in no time, even doing the wave when prompted to by the “Choir-man.”
Many visitors purchase the massive turkey legs sold at most vendors. For eight dollars, students could get a "taste" of what a real knight might have ate many years ago.
Instead of purchasing real swords, many students were seen with plastic sword drink cups. a novelty that went over well until the bees found the sugary soda.
Red Lion's Madrigal Chorus group also performed today alongside many other schools. “It’s great seeing other schools choirs be that advanced in creating music without instruments” said junior Kevin Scheetz, “Our choir can gain a lot from seeing these groups.”
Many schools from around the area performed alongside Red Lion. While Red Lion did not place, they still put on a great show.
"I think the best thing there was all the madrigal choirs," said senior Ryan Mendicino "They all sang very well and acted very well".
For 35 years, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire has been entertaining people of all ages with a massive production put on for 13 weekends. With 35 acres of Renaissance era fun, the Faire is sure to have something enjoyable for everyone.
The Faire’s season started on August 1, and ends October 25. The Faire alters their theme every weekend, providing a new and unique experience for its patrons.
Three different classes were invited to attend the trip: AP English, British Literature, and Public Speaking. The total amount of kids that attended added up to be 115 students, not counting the Madrigal Choir who also attended.
By Eli Gregory
With an energy filled visual show, accompanied by dynamic music, the Marching Lions 2015 field show, Uprising, is sure to awe any audience watching.
Since June 11, the band has been learning and conquering the vigorous drill and intense music given to them.
The 2015 season show, “Uprising”, features tunes from the famous musical, Les Miserables, and music from The 1812 Overture. Uprising is filled with upbeat music, and a rapid visual show. Anyone watching will feel a sense of anarchy and revolt.
“I think this show takes it to the next level,” stated senior tenor sax player Duncan Keller, “They know our limits and are pushing us beyond that.”
During band camp, band instructor Mr Crone explained to the group of musicians how much the band has improved over the years. In the past four years alone, The Marching Lions have almost doubled the amount of drill in their shows. This has resulted in a show with much more complexity and difficulty.
Even though this year has a challenging show, the band’s focus each practice has allowed them to learn the drill at a steady pace. Along with the drill, the music has also steadily increased in difficulty.
In order to grapple with the difficulty of the show this year, the band has changed their practice schedule to focus on different parts of the band at one time. What once was a full band rehearsal held on Tuesdays is now two different sectionals split between Monday and Tuesday. These practices are also more focused on the visual aspect of the show, and are overseen by Visual Instructor, Mr. Kriebel.
“It will definitely be better for the guard and percussion to have that time” Kriebel replied when asked about the benefits of the new practices. “I can only see it being good for us.”
The Marching Lions are very proud to announce that this is the first year in Marching Lions history that the drill was created “in-house”. This means all the marching seen in the show was written by the band’s visual instructor Mr. Kriebel. “I know what I’m getting at the end, I make changes as I want to”.
As the season progresses, the Marching Lions are getting more and more excited for the four year band trip. This years destination will be San Antonio, Texas, where the band will participate in a night time march through the Alamo.
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