The Riverton Parke Jr.-Sr. High School Music Department presented its annual Spring Concert on May 13 in the school gymnasium. All of the school’s musical groups performed; an awards program followed the concert.
The combined junior high choirs opened the show with “A Disney Silly Sing-Along” and followed with the Temptations’ hit, “The Way You Do the Things You Do.” Seventh- and eighth-grade bands were up next with a variety of music, including, among others, “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Botany Bay,” “Two German Folk Songs” and “Sea Chanty.”
The high school choir was next with a song from “The Lord of the Rings,” “May It Be” and a hit from “O Brother Where Art Thou,” “Down To The River to Pray.” The Louis Armstrong hit, “What a Wonderful World,” with senior trumpeter Stephen Julian, added to the musical enjoyment. They finished with soloists Zach Helton and Kevin Dahlia lending their talents to the choral version of Jason Mraz’s top-selling, “I’m Yours.” After the choir, the high school band entertained the audience with “Windsongs,” an original by David Shaffer, a medley from “The Phantom of the Opera,” a trip to outer space with themes from “Star Wars” and two tunes from “Star Trek.” Their performances ended with Sousa’s favorite parade march, “The Thunderer.”
An awards presentation followed the music. All two-semester high school band and choir members received a service bar, while four-semester members got their letter and a service bar. Six-semester musicians received another service bar, and eight-semester students were awarded another service bar and the unique Riverton Parke Music Blanket.
According to Music Director Mike Hardesty, “We gave out 14 blankets this year, more than any other year in recent memory. We had a very good group of seniors in band, choir and guard, and we will be hard-pressed to replace them.”
Those receiving special awards included band members Tyler Crumrin and Andrew Rutan, who tied for the Leadership Award, Austin Falls, who received the Senior Award, Cameron Frazier and Stephen Julian, who tied for the Director’s Award, and Emily Peterson, who won the Patrick Gilmore Award. Peterson also won the prestigious John Phillip Sousa Award, the Department’s top award.
Choir winners included Leadership Award winner Emily Peterson, Director’s Award winners Kathleen Sinclair and Kelsie Matherly (tie), Senior Award winner Aleshia Gubser, and Katherine Toscano, who won the top Choir award, the Fred Waring Award.
At an earlier award ceremony, Panther Guard member Page Fetter received the Riverton Parke Music Boosters Academic Scholarship, presented by the Parke County Community Foundation in the amount of $2,000.