Benton Harbor High School - Greybric Yearbook (Benton Harbor, MI)

 - Class of 1938

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B. H. H. S. BOYS' BAND The High School Boys' Band started the school year by playing for all the home games except two. At the St. joe game the boys' and girls' bands united and formed a mass band of 150 pieces. This year the band had a membership of eighty boys. In the middle of the football season Mr. Schlabach was called away. While he was gone George Walbridge practically took care of the band and worked out a drill himself. At a baton twirling contest in Lansing in january, George tied for first place. The band gave its annual con- cert on March twenty-fourth. Before school was out last spring seven soloists from the band went to Ann Arbor to par- ticipate in a music rating contest. Five superior ratings were awarded Benton Harbor contestants. Mr. Schlabach again conducted a summer band composed of both boys and girls. In August the summer band went to the Chicagoland Music Festival and won fourth place. Last spring the band went to the Holland Tulip Festival, and, as usual, also took part in the Blossom Week activities. The band also played at the commencement exercises held in Fil- strup Field. For a number of reasons the band did not participate in the Holland Tulip Festival this year. ' The band officers this year are as follows: President, Waldemar Firehammerg Vice-president, Robert Albrecht, Sec'y-Treas., Bill Gridley, Business Manager, Edward Troiferg Librarians, Bill Brown and Carle Temple, Horn Shiner, Dick Hill. GIRLS' BAND The outstanding event of the-Senior High School Girls' Band this season was its concert. The annual concert was given on February sixteenth under the direction of Mr. Suppiger. This year was Mr. Suppiger's first in Benton Harbor. His home was originally in St. Louis, Missouri, where he played clarinet and saxophone with the St. Louis Theatre Orchestra for a num- ber of years. He received his musical training at Illinois Wesleyan University at Bloomington, Illinois, and after his graduation he taught there. Prior to his coming to Benton Harbor, Mr. Suppiger taught harmony and band for a year at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. While at Grinnell' he played a clarinet concert by Mozart with the college orchestra, the orchestration of which was his own arrangement. The Girls' Band concert here included many arrangements by him. The band played for one football game last fall, the Hobart game. Last summer it went to Chicago to the International convention of Lions Clubs and placed high in competition. Benton Harbor's was the only all-girls' band at the convention. The membership this year included seventy-seven girls. Last spring the band marched in the Blossom Parade and took part in various other activities of Blossom Week. Throughout the year it took part in numerous celebrations and played on different occasions. The oflicers of the band are as follows: President, Vera Deanerg Vice-president, Eloise Cun- ningham, Secretary, Lois Ferrel, Treasurer, Nancy Filstrup. B. H. H. S. ORCHESTRA The High School Orchestra was one of the busiest organizations in school this year. In january it traveled to South Haven to give an exchange program, and later in the year it went to St. Joseph to give another exchange program. The orchestra gave its annual concert in May. For the last three years it had given its concert during Blossom Week and had made it free to the public. This year, however, because of other musical conflicts, the orchestra gave its concert independent of Blossom Week. One of the orchestra's most important activities this year was its participation in the annual Fall Music Festival. The orchestra and the boys' and girls' glee clubs presented a cantata entitled the "Son of Man" directed by Miss Congdon. In addition to the cantata the orchestra played two selections, "The Procession of the Sardar," and the "Dream Pantomime" from "Hansel and Gretel." A new organization has come out of the orchestra this year. It is the woodwind uintette composed of three members of the orchestra and two members of the faculty. The memllzers are Robert Albrecht, horny Charles Wilder, bassoong Robert Volk, oboe, Mr. Bridgham, flute, and Mr. Suppiger, clarinet. The quintette has played at South Haven, at Three Oaks and' here in the Fall Music Festival. Several members of the High School Orchestra belong to the Twin City Symphony Orchestra. They are Robert Albrecht, William Snyder, Charles Wilder, Leonard Zurakov, Ralph Clark, William Summerfelt, Keith Lawton, Eugene Nalepa, Keith Miller, and Robert Volk.

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B. H. H. S. BUYS' BAND B. H. H. S. GIRLS' BAND B. H. H. S. ORCHESTRA



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1. Benton Harbor-St. joe Game-Part of "I-lello' formation. 2. Massed bands. Benton Harbor-St. Joe game Oct. 29. 220 musicians: Benton Harbor Girls' Band, Benton Harbor Boys' Band, St. Joseph H. S. and, mixed, Twin City Drum and Bugle Corps. Giant Benton Harbor-St. joe game, Oct. 29. Ben- ton Harbor Boys' Band. Benton Harbor Girls' Band, Drum Majors Norma Pangborn, George Walbridge. BANDS TAKE HONORS AT NATIONAL CONTEST A fitting climax to a successful musical year was afforded Saturday, May 21, when both the Boys' and the Girls' Bands received first division championships at the National High School Band contest at Elkhart. The first division rating classes both bands as National Regional Drilling Champions. The Class A marching contest in which both hands were entered required that all contestants perform a specified set of rudiments, consisting of such movements as: countermarches, left and right obliques, column lefts and column rights, diminished and increased fronts, and various other types of maneuvers. Wliile this restriction made the contest a trifie less spectacular by eliminating the majority of the usual letter and figure formations, it proved to be even more interesting to both spectator and contestant because of the increased difiiculty of the performance. ln addition to the required movements, the bands were allowed so much time and credit for special drills. ln this field the Girls' Band formed revolving cogwheels and two Giant letters: "B-H". The Boys' Band made a large sunrise formation and while standing played, "The Wtmrld is Walitiiig for the Sunrise". Proof of the bands earning their awards was found plentifully on the comment sheets of the judges in which were listed the good and bad criticisms of the band being judged. It is inter- esting to note that each band was unanimously recommended for first division by all three judges. At the close of the judging, both Benton Harbor bands returned to the field and put on a combined drill in honor of Elkhart consisting of the letters "E-L-K" formed by the girls surrounded by a large heart outline by the boys. The Benton Harbor victory was made complete through the taking of first division in the twirling contest by George Walbridge, the Boys' Band drum major. Both bands will receive plaques and individual gold medals properly inscribed.

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