John Kleppe To Serve As Guest Conductor On Upcoming PCHS Pops Concert
The annual Pops Concert by the Pine City High School Bands is fast approaching and director Bradley Mariska has announced several exciting selections – and a pair of special guests – that will make the Friday evening concert an event not to be missed.
This year’s concert is Friday, May 4 at 7:30pm and will feature John Kleppe as guest conductor. Kleppe is a 2007 graduate of Pine City High School who is now the Director of Bands in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. Kleppe will lead the band in the “Theme From Superman,” a piece featured at Mariska’s first Pine City Pops Concert in 2005 – when Kleppe was a sophomore. The concert will also feature guest vocalist Erin Gaffaney, a Pine City resident who teaches music at Braham Area Schools. Gaffaney will sing the classic jazz ballad “Stormy Weather” with the jazz band.
The theme of this year’s concert, “The Sky – and Space Beyond” will include selections like “Stairway to Heaven” and music from “Star Wars” by the Wind Ensemble, while Jazz One will perform selections including “Bird Land,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and “Moon River.”
Several student soloists will be featured at the concert in both ensembles, as well as special recognition of the seniors; a total of 81 students are members of the senior high band program. Admission to the concert is free, which begins at 7:30pm.