JDHS Pep Band celebrates its senior musicians
JDHS Cheer Group seniors will be honored between the Crimson Bears girls game against South Anchorage at 2:45 p.m. and the boys game at 5 p.m. at JDHS Gymnasium on Saturday, February 19. (Klas Stolpe)
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Pep Band will honor their senior band members on Saturday between the JDHS Crimson Bears girls game against South Anchorage at 2:45 p.m. and the Crimson Bears boys game against South at 5 p.m. in the JDHS gymnasium.
“This class of kids struggled through the pandemic, Zoom school and cheer band rehearsals in the parking lot, learning to play in masks, six feet apart with just 12 members in a gym closed, then returning straight to activities and traveling with renewed enthusiasm once they have been cleared, and often before their teacher is ready,” said JDHS group teacher Amy Bibb. “I want to thank them all for helping me through the past two years. These kids are not only talented musically, they have a wide range of other talents, are great students, and are truly fantastic people. It’s my privilege to spend time with them every day. Thank you for being part of the group!”
Bibb wrote the following comments from core members of his band:
Zayden Schijvens, Alto Sax – Joined this year and remembered how to play sax since middle school. Thank you, Zayden, for taking on the challenge. We are so happy to have you in the band this year and so proud of the quality of your sound! Zayden’s superpower is fearlessness.
Ella Schwartz, tenor saxophone – Ella inspired us every day for four years, whether it was making sure all her classmates could travel in her freshman year or learning a new instrument during her last year in order to better support the pep band. Ella loves the group and has always supported us! Ella’s superpower is optimism.
Elliot Costello, electric guitar – Elliot learned to play guitar on Zoom. He quickly distinguished himself as an outstanding guitar student and took the plunge this year to join his pep band friends and we are thrilled! Thanks for filling huge shoes and learning all those parts! Rock Star Superpower: kapow!
Ashlynn King, tenor sax – Ashlynn has the best attendance in four years. Even during the pandemic, Ashlynn still shows up. Thank you for learning a second instrument and helping to pep up the band and always being there. Ashlynn’s superpower is consistency.
Becky Grube, clarinet – Becky played as a college basketball player and cheerleader for all four years. We are so proud of you! Becky plays faithfully with the band whenever her schedule allows. Your superpower is enthusiasm.
Adrian Whitney, tenor sax – Adrian has been a musical leader of the band since day one. This year, he is also captain. Adrian helped inspire us to play harder, play better, and be great! The superpower is integrity.
Trevor Daniels, trumpet – Trevor inspires with his laid-back personality and big smile. Thank you, Trevor, for always supporting the trumpet section. Trevor is the keel of the boat, his positive attitude and stabilizing influence helps keep the boat upright. Superpower stability.
Charlie Musslewhite, Trombone – Charlie helped lead the band from the bottom for four years as one of the loudest trombone players in this school’s history! The superpower is volume.
Sam Holst, trumpet – Sam is a premier trumpeter and is in contention with Charlie for strongest of the group. Sam played with the band regularly throughout his four years in high school, including during the pandemic when we sometimes only had nine people and he was the only trumpeter. Thank you very much for your faithful service! The superpower is high marks.
Clare Homan, Trumpet – Another first trumpet, Clare has been with the band for four years and plays beautifully! Your sunny outlook and impressive skills help the band sound better! The superpower is cheerfulness.
Toby Russell, Bass – Toby is an excellent bass player and versatile musician. We appreciated having you here when you could. Thanks for the music! The superpower is music.
Natanya Reed, Flute – Natanya has been a loyal member of the group for four years, and she’s been an essential part of the cheering group even though flute players don’t get much fame in a cheering group where the volume is on the agenda. . Netanya’s superpower brings people together.
Sam Marnon, Trumpet – Sam is a super amazing and hardworking first trumpeter. The trumpets are the heavyweights of the group. Sam is one of those guys you couldn’t live without. Thanks Sam! Superpower delivers a deadpan joke.
Jack Marx, Cowbell – Jack is our captain, so he’s been playing cowbell for two years now. It keeps us together, gets us started and stopped at the right time, and tells us what song to play next. The superpower is its positivity.
“Jack (Marx) and Adrian (Whitney) and all the seniors have helped build an amazing group this year after the depressing year of lockdown. Thank you all for inspiring us! said Bibb.