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Taps solo by Patrick Henry trumpet player, Dillon Schwiebert (Class of 2021).
Please join the Patrick Henry community at 3PM on Memorial Day for a moment of silence in honor of the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed for our great country.
Despite the stay at home order and social distancing requirements that prevented the choir from rehearsing or performing together after schools shutdown in March, choir seniors from the class of 2020 present their online version of the Patrick Henry Alma Mater.
Katie Stebbins has been involved in band, choir, Encore!, Cabaret, and musicals during her high school career. In band, she has been the clarinet section leader and performed in marching band, pep band, and concert band. Her favorite memory in band was “Marching in every show and doing the cadence in and out! Also having fun at band camp.” In choir, she has performed in the alto and the soprano sections, performing solos each year at Cabaret, and also participating in Encore! Katie has been involved in the musical each year, even participating as a middle school student. She has held roles in “The Wizard of Oz,” “Seussical! The Musical,” “The Sound of Music,” and has also participated behind the scenes and back stage with makeup, stage crew, and student director responsibilities. After graduating, Katie plans to work at Vancrest Nursing Home. Of her participation in the Patrick Henry music program, Katie says, “I learned to play an instrument and love what I do with no shame. It has made me a better person by learning to make friends and have an open heart and mind about everything.”
On this #ArmedForcesDay, we pay special tribute to our military heroes for your service and sacrifice to our great nation. Thank you for your service!
Julia Morris has been a member of the Patrick Henry band, performing in the clarinet section, since she moved to the area her freshman year. She was formerly a member of the band program at North Baltimore. In addition to the band, Julia has been in cross country and was a cheerleader in elementary school. She has volunteered at the PALS after school program and has also assisted Mrs. Myers with her elementary class several days a week. Julia has also participated in Cabaret and musicals. This year, she auditioned and was selected for the role of the ugly stepmother in the greatest musical that never happened, “Into the Woods.” After graduation, Julia is taking a year off and then would like to go into early childhood education.
Now that the Governor is reopening various sectors of the economy, we have scheduled fundraising pick-up and delivery for the week of May 27-29. The company will let me know the specific date when the items are ready to ship, and I will send out another email and Remind text so that you know which day to come to the middle school to pick up fundraising items. We will have a drive through style pickup outside the middle school gym from 3-5pm. Please stay in your vehicle and your fundraising items will be brought to you. We also ask that when delivering items, you follow social distancing guidelines. Most items are perishable and require refrigeration if they are not able to be delivered the same day you pick them up. If you need to schedule an alternate pick-up time, please email me. Please also email me if you are an adult who would like to volunteer in the afternoon approximately 1:00pm to help separate orders by student or if you’d like to help at 3:00pm to pass out orders. I appreciate everyone’s patience as we’ve been stuck in limbo with this fundraiser for the past 2 months. Looking forward to checking this off all of our lists and getting our fundraising items and prizes! 🙂
Jacob Parry has been involved in the band throughout high school, specializing on cymbals in the drumline and auxiliary percussion in concert band. His favorite part about band is pep band. He has also participated in the choir his junior and senior years in the tenor section. To other aspiring musicians, Jacob says, “Stay strong. Never doubt your ability to sing or play an instrument. If you ever make a mistake, don’t worry, you can learn from it.”
Jordan Arps has been involved in choir and musicals throughout high school. This year she auditioned and was selected for the role of Little Red Riding Hood in the best musical that never was, “Into the Woods.” She sings soprano in choir, has served as Cabaret chair, and also is co-section leader. She was a founding member of the Patrick Henry chapter of Tri-M, a national honor society for musicians. She plans to attend Bluffton University in the fall, majoring in speech-language pathology, and participating on the track and field team. About her participation in music, Jordan says, “[Music] has made me a better person because I appreciate music more when I listen to it.”
James Howe has been involved in band, choir, and musicals throughout high school. He sings bass in choir and serves as the section leader. He also plays tuba in the band and plans to continue with the marching band at ONU in the fall, majoring in mechanical engineering. About his participation in music, James says, “You can always use music in life. Music has made me a better person because it just helps you cope with life, stress frustration etc.”