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Page 28 text:
AND THE BAND PLAYED
Early in the season, the marching PCHS band, directed by Mr. LaVon Coolman, gave the pageant "Uncle Sam in Review," at the football game. This pageant was something new to the Pekin fans. It presented the building of America. Also, during the football season, many novelty formations were made by the band, always ending with the traditional PCHS formation and the playing of the school song.
Then came the basketball season, with the band always on hand to add to the usual pep and spirit. The majorettes were also there to add their talents at the halves of the games.
With spring in the air, the concert season began. The concert band has played for many affairs. They did not, however, enter the annual band contests always held during the first of the year.
There were many individual members entering the solo and ensemble contest.
The first contest, which was the District Contest, was held in Galesburg, February 21. The ensembles participating in this contest and promoted to the Sectional Contest on April 11 at Roosevelt Junior High in Peoria were: Bruce Brisendine, bass solo; James Moses, bass solo; Avis Busby, bassoon; John Sommer, trombone solo; Lois Splittgerber, twirler; Jim Richards, twirler; Kenneth Miller, twirler; and Marguerite Hinds, twirler. The ensembles are: trombone quartet, John
Sommer, Ted Smith, John Houston, and Jim Bush; brass quartet, Harold Yocum, Edward Gallagher, Ruth Lohnes, and Caroll DeFrates; brass sextet, Arthur Mc-Schooler, Gerald Oltman, Bruce Brisendine, Ted Johnson, Bob Gumble, and Bill Hallstein; clarinet quartet. Bob Stallings, Dick Brown, Norma Cooper, and Jim Bruce.
The Sectional Contest gave those receiving first division honors an opportunity to go to the Regional Contest held May 16 at La Salle. Those receiving first division and recommended for the Regional were: Avis Busby, bassoon solo; Bruce Brisendine, bass solo. The ensembles included: brass quartet, Harold
Yocum, Edward Gallagher, Ruth Lohnes, and Carroll DeFrates; brass sextet Arthur McSchoolcr, Gerald Oltman, Bruce Brisendine, Ted Johnson, Bob Gumble, and Bill Hallstein; trombone quartet, John Houston, Ted Johnson, Jim Bush, and John Sommer.
The 1942 members are:
Flutes: James Richards, LaVerna Esch-meyer, and Lilah Vogelsang.
Oboe: Ted Smith.
Bassoons: Nellie Ann Janssen, Margaret Flynn, and Billie Gent.
Bass Clarinets: Billie Jean Allen, and James Bruce.
Alto Saxophones: Irma Rau, Eva Mae
Guerney, and Dorthylne Pinchon.
Tenor Saxophones: DeLoss Mylott, John Bolam, and Albert Heiser.
B Flat Clarinets: Robert Stallings, Ruby Conrad, Marilyn Clarke, Betty Andrae, Lois Gehr'g, Norma Cooper, Richard Brown, Mary Stowo, Virgil Romans, Thelma Hild, Wilma Fornoff, Lorene Maxwell, R’chard Jefferson, William Waldmier, Merle Gerdes, Betty Look, Marca Hinds, Marilyn H'nds, Charlene Clark, Marilyn Albrecht, Ellen Geer, llene Palmer, Ray Bennott, Elcnora Cappi, Marjorie Reed, Mary Lou Andrews, and Helen Noreuil.
Cornets: R'chard Seelye, Harold Yocum, Arthur McSchooler, Hazel Perkins, Wili am Hill, Ada Hild, Edward Gallagher, Gerald Oltman, Harvey French, Robert Gerzetich, Leslie Kepncr, Aleen Woodmancy, Marjorie Lalhan, Carroll DeFrates, and Dean Sargent.
Horns: William Hallstein, Vernon Lewis, Betty Alfs, Joan Kern, Maxene Hobson, and Ted Rag'as.
Baritones: Robert Gumble, Ruth Lohnes, end Paul Moorchouse.
Trombones: John Houston, James Bush, John Sommer, Ted Johnson, Wilma Ambrose, and Robert Meyers.
Basses: Bruce Brisendine, Jim Moses,
Clyde Phillips, and Delbert Kirk.
Percussion: George Doren, Randall Dobbins, Dean Preston, Kenenth Rau, and Kenneth Bailey.
Page 27 text:
"As thou wilt; what thou wilt; when thou wilt."
Hall Cadet, Library Cadet, Girl Reserves.
Her nature is so far from doing wrong, that she suspects none.
"lithee. I've lotht my teeth."
A Cappella Choir, Variety Show '42,
"Wisely and slow—they stumble that run fast."
Hall Cadet, Boys' Club.
"A blush is beautiful but often inconvenient."
A Cappella Choir, "H. M. S. Pinafore," "Maritana."
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Peaches and cream complexion. G.A.A., Girls' Club, Hall Cadet, Girl Reserves.
"Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power."
"Self-inspection, the best cure for self-esteem."
"I cannot say one thing and mean another."
Band, Usher, Stagecraft.
"There is no index of character so sure as the voice."
Bubbling over with vivacity.
Pekinois Staff, Girls' Club, Library Cadet, Girl Reserves.
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"She who is firm and resolute in will moulds the world to herself." Hall Cadet, Girl Reserves.
Red hair and a ready smile.
Pekinois Staff, Band, Movie Operator, Hall Cadet.
"When she is good, she is very, very good.
And when she is bad, she is still very nice."
G.A.A., Girl Reserves.
It's nice to be natural when you're naturally nice.
Student Council, Girls Club, Library Cadet, Talent Staff.
"Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them."
Hall Cadet, "The Firefly," A Cappella Choir.
People like her because she genuinely likes peoole.
"The Firefly," "H. M. S. Pinafore," Girl Reserves, A Cappella Choir.
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Singing before a large crowd, the A Cappella Choir, under the direction of Mr. Harry Langley, presented a spring vesper on Sunday, March 8. Light numbers and also difficult ones were included in this program.
The choir sang "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled" and "O' Peaceful Night." Also they sang two negro spirituals, "Ezekial Saw De Wheel" and "Wade In The Water." The choir sang one extremely difficult number which is sung entirely in Latin, "Emitte Spiritum Tuum." The services ended by singing the patriotic "America, My Own."
The operetta, "The Firefly," was presented the first semester of the year by the music department. They received great praise and applause for the fine performance.
"The Firefly" is a story of a street urchin, Tony portrayed by Bette Neff, who acts as cabin boy aboard the Van Dare's yacht which is bound for Bermuda. It is here that she falls in love with Jack Travers, played by Clare Leiby.
Other characters excellently portrayed in the operetta were: Charles Timm who p'ayed the part of John Thurston and Jean Myer who played the part of Geraldine Van Dare.
A Scene from "The Christmas Apple"
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