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A Perfect Music Department Varsity Orchestra features eighth and ninth grade string players along with the best of the winds and percussion — and their sound is the best too. By combining the squeak of the violin, the blare of the trumpet, the squawk of the clarinets, and the shrill of the piccolo, somehow Mr. Parlette came out with a number one orchestra. It didn ' t come without problems, however. Half of the time, Mr. Parlette was trying to shut the trumpets up (an impossible task). Also, lubricating keys, soften- ing reeds, and raising stands took up the per- iod ' s time. But by some miracle, they got in a minute or two of practice and obviously that did it! What group of kids search the music folders for a suitable arrangement ' Which students stay after school, missing the bus and supper, to prac- tice? How many people blow out their brains 24 hours a day playing their music over and over again? Who pull out their hair before contest day, then end up with a gold medal to show off? What musicians would go through all this? The ensemble contestants would! NISBOVA competition gives wind ensembles a chance to test their skill in performance Suite Sixteen is an all-string group made up of nine violins, two violas, four cellos, and one string bass. On certain days, these string musi- cians lugged their stands, chairs, and music to Mr. Werking ' s room to practice their pieces. The idea was taken from a similar string group that performs in Minneapolis. Most of Suite Sixteen ' s music comes from pieces that this group plays. They performed at the spring con- cert and also at NISBOVA. Suite Sixteen makes its Portage debut 46
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. to make . . . John Broom Unlike the Varsity Orchestra, the Cadet Orches- tra consists solely of strings. This group of fiddlers may not have had a roof, but they had an hour in which to learn how to pluck a perfect plunker and bow a better bass. Consisting entirely of brass, woodwind, and percussion, tinese musicians played at several locations around town, including several ninth grade games. Instrumental teach- ers at work Mr Parlette directing, Mr Broom conferring with student teacher Ruth DiNovo. Ninth grade vocalists banded together for en- During contest time, there were a few brave souls who timidly entered semble work during weekly sessions. the NISBOVA judge ' s room and performed a solo that could be heard occasionally between the chattering of their teeth and the shaking of the ir knees.
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