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Students Will Entertain at Jazz Night

At St. Ignace and Cedarville Schools, Musicians and Dancers Are Ready for Saturday’s Show
By Jacob A. Ball


The St. Ignace Jazz Ensemble features musicians from eighth grade to high school seniors led by Band Director Craig Hierholzer (in front). They are (front row, from left) Jacob Fenlon, Rosy Shimkovitz, Ty Paquin, Eileen Law, Lily Hart, Emmalee Hart, Alicia Garen; (middle) Abby Beatty, Marlee Huskey, Mellissa Wyers, Ellie Tielbar; (back) Hannah Sposito, Taylor Blair, Rob Matelski, Trenton Bassett, and Dakota Holbrook. Not pictured are Anna Hart, Lauren Yoder, Addison Cheeseman, and Kayla Keuten. The St. Ignace Jazz Ensemble features musicians from eighth grade to high school seniors led by Band Director Craig Hierholzer (in front). They are (front row, from left) Jacob Fenlon, Rosy Shimkovitz, Ty Paquin, Eileen Law, Lily Hart, Emmalee Hart, Alicia Garen; (middle) Abby Beatty, Marlee Huskey, Mellissa Wyers, Ellie Tielbar; (back) Hannah Sposito, Taylor Blair, Rob Matelski, Trenton Bassett, and Dakota Holbrook. Not pictured are Anna Hart, Lauren Yoder, Addison Cheeseman, and Kayla Keuten. The St. Ignace Jazz Ensemble is rehearsed and ready for this year’s Jazz Night at LaSalle High School Saturday, March 11, in the high school gymnasium. The St. Ignace Dance Troupe will accompany the band with three performances, and the Cedarville High School Jazz Ensemble will also be appearing for their second year at Jazz Night. Other acts include the Straits Area Chorale, an adult singing group, and the LaSalle and Cedarville high school “bucket bands.” The bucket bands are percussion groups that employ various-sized buckets as their instruments.


The swing dance performers for Jazz Night at LaSalle High School are (front row, from left) Taylor St. Onge, Alysse Bentley, Callie Kammers, Mackenzie Farr, Jenny Campbell; (back) Micah Davis, Zach Myers, Trevor LaJoice, Greg Paquin, and Toby Ferguson on stage in the LaSalle High School gymnasium Sunday, March 5. The swing dance performers for Jazz Night at LaSalle High School are (front row, from left) Taylor St. Onge, Alysse Bentley, Callie Kammers, Mackenzie Farr, Jenny Campbell; (back) Micah Davis, Zach Myers, Trevor LaJoice, Greg Paquin, and Toby Ferguson on stage in the LaSalle High School gymnasium Sunday, March 5. The St. Ignace and Cedarville bands will each perform at least 12 jazz pieces, ranging from contemporary numbers to popular tunes. The Dance troupe will perform a hip-hop number and a piece from the musical “Hairspray,” plus a swing dance routine that recruits six additional students.

Now in its twelfth year, Jazz Night generated almost $5,000 last winter and is the largest fundraiser for the school district’s music program.


Students practice their swing dance routine on stage in LaSalle High School before their performance on Jazz Night Saturday, March 11. They are (from left) Mackenzie Farr, Greg Paquin, Alysse Bentley, Zach Myers, Trevor LaJoice, and Jenny Campbell. Students practice their swing dance routine on stage in LaSalle High School before their performance on Jazz Night Saturday, March 11. They are (from left) Mackenzie Farr, Greg Paquin, Alysse Bentley, Zach Myers, Trevor LaJoice, and Jenny Campbell. Forty tables will seat 320 patrons, with $20 tickets sold at the high school and band offices, United Methodist Church in St Ignace, and the Les Cheneaux branch of First National Bank in Cedarville. Included in the price is dinner and beverage, catered by the Village Inn of St. Ignace.

So far, 26 of the tables have been sponsored by businesses and organizations and will be decorated with creative centerpieces and themes, often with give-away items the patrons can take home.

The gymnasium will be decorated by students and parents in the style of a swank jazz club, with black and white streamers and pillars borrowed from Glen Memorial Baptist Church in St. Ignace. Jazz Ensemble parent Mike Keuten designed custom jazz bandstands for the event, and the students plan to dress in black dress shirts with gold ties to match the new stands the décor.


Some members of the St. Ignace Dance Troupe practice their rendition of a dance from the musical “Hairspray” at LaSalle High School Sunday, March 5, (front row, from left) Olivia McNamee, Alicia LaLonde, Caiti Dean; (middle) Kennedy Musick, Olivia Champion; (back) Taylor St. Onge (partially hidden), Callie Kammers, and Jenny Campbell. Some members of the St. Ignace Dance Troupe practice their rendition of a dance from the musical “Hairspray” at LaSalle High School Sunday, March 5, (front row, from left) Olivia McNamee, Alicia LaLonde, Caiti Dean; (middle) Kennedy Musick, Olivia Champion; (back) Taylor St. Onge (partially hidden), Callie Kammers, and Jenny Campbell. Jazz Night, said sophomore bassist Taylor Blair, “is a chance to play for your community and your family.”

She enjoys jazz band because the students get to play a lot of fun music that would not normally be included in the high school band’s curriculum.

For sophomore tenor saxophonist Jacob Fenlon, the jazz band experience allows him to expand his skills.

“From my experience,” he said, “I can play harder music and I have a chance to show my ability to play a wider range with my instrument.”

The jazz ensamble includes 20 students from eighth twelfth grades. Half of the students are in eighth grade, and three are seniors.

Band Director Craig Hierholzer says the group has a lot of talent, and while he will mix the graduating seniors next year, he looks forward to working with the younger musicians for several more years.

The members of the jazz band are senior Rosie Shimkovitz, sophomore Jacob Fenlon, and eighth grader Ty Paquin on the tenor saxophone, senior Eileen Law, junior Lily Hart, and eighth grader Emmalee Hart on alto saxophone, junior Alicia Garen on baritone saxophone, and freshman Anna Hart on clarinet.

The brass section features eighth graders Abby Beatty, Marlee Huskey, and Missy Wyers on trombone, and junior Rob Matelski, sophomore Dakota Holbrook, and eighth grader Trenton Bassett on trumpet.

Eighth grader Ellie Tielbar plays electric cello for the jazz band and sophomore Taylor Blair accompanies the other musicians on electric bass guitar.

Percussionists include senior Lauren Yoder playing the vibraphone, eighth grader Hannah Sposito on drums, and eighth grader Kayla Keuten playing the additional percussion sections in the ensemble. Eighth grade pianist Addison Cheeseman also plays with the band.

The St. Ignace Dance Troupe has 14 female students, including freshmen Olivia Champion, Mackenzie Farr, and Kennedy Kammers, sophomore Libby Becker, and juniors Caiti Dean, Alicia LaLonde, Olivia McNamee, and Kennedy Musick. Performing at their last Jazz Night will be seniors Jenny Campbell, Jade Edelman, Callie Kammers, Sierra Metz, Summer Sposito, and Taylor St. Onge. Troupe members Jenny Campbell, Callie Kammers, Taylor St. Onge, and Mackenzie Farr will perform the swing dance routine and will be joined by seniors Alysse Bentley, Micah Davis, and Toby Ferguson, junior Trevor LaJoice, sophomore Gregory Paquin, and Rogers City senior Zach Myers.

The Cedarville High School Jazz Ensemble includes Mikcail Bickham, Emilie Bigelow, Isabella Cason, Alyssa Cloud, Silas Dunn, Bill Furest, Emma Harman, John Harman, Alicia Kasper, Ashley Kasper, Keegan Kassa, Caleb Kohlman, Brandon Lawson, Joshua Oblander, Eden Preston, Selah Preston, Sienna Reichlin, Leila Schlosser, Julia Smith, and Jillian Socia.

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