Hopi High music students perform to enthusiastic crowd during spring concert

POLACCA, Ariz. - Hopi Jr./Sr. High School music students received applause and praise during the April 3 spring concert in the auditorium.

Jared Robertson, music teacher, said all of the music students were outstanding, but the best performances were by Bryson Albert, Jaylen Takala and Kendrick Deschner. Each of them performed solos over a 12 bar blues chord progression.

Robertson was impressed with the audience.

"It was the most I've seen all year, both parents and faculty," he said. "The audience was applauding and cheering. The word is getting out that the kids are good."

Robertson will lose about 20 of his music students when they graduate this year, but he still has big plans for next year including a class for marching band and a class for jazz band. He is also considering starting a choir.

"We want to be more focused," he said. "We want to have a formation for homecoming."

But for this year, Robertson plans to have his classes tour the Hopi elementary schools to tell them about the music classes at Hopi High.

On May 9, the Hopi High music classes will put on another concert, but it will be combined with a slam poetry performance.

The Hopi High students can also attend a summer music camp at Northern Arizona University.

The beginning guitar class performed "My Heart will Go On" from Titanic, "My Heart in the Highlands," "12 Bar Blues Improvisation Solo" and "Stairway to Heaven."

The beginning class members include Aeon Albert, Bryson Albert, Kiyomi Chee, Kendrick Deschner, Elyse Honyouti, Keia Kelly, Donney Lomayaktewa, Tara Miguel, Sacheen "Shano" Mike, Leigh Naha, Kerissa Oso, Lynea Rhodes and Joseph Wittington.

The intermediate guitar class performed "A Whole New World" from Disney's Aladdin, "Hey There Delilah" and "River Flows In You."

The intermediate guitar class includes Ivern Beatty, Shynell Begay and Aaron Swimmer.

The advanced guitar class performed "Trio Sonata in D Minor." The advanced guitar class includes Crystal Jenkins, Sunny Lomayestewa and Star Not Afraid.

The percussion class performed "If It Means a Lot to You." Ryesa Howato performed percussion.

The beginning band performed "Theme from Symphony #9," "March Across the Seas," "The Good Life," "Banana Boat Song" and "Thunderbird March."

The beginning band is large. The flute players are Troy Honahnie, Garryn Masawytewa, Kendall Pavinyama, Katrice Puhuhefvaya and Kursheena Yazzie. The clarinet players are Cheyenne Begay, Francine Billy, Shania Johnson, Shanae Lomakema, Grant Lomayaktewa, Kent Nuvayestewa and DeRyn Talashoma. The alto saxophone players are Kyle Honvantewa, Keeley James and Storm Tso. The tenor saxophone players are Alexander Allison, Ashley Harvey and Dairon Norris. The trumpet players are Sean Bolus, Charmaine Kinale, Millie Koinva, Auryza Polacca and Christina Yellow. The percussion performers are Luis Arevalo, Daron Fredericks, Reanna Sanchez and Avery Talashoma.

The advanced band performed "Woodland Overture," "The Reapers," "12 Bar Blues Improvisation Solo," "Los Toreadors from Carmen," "Passepied" and "Theme from the ballet Swan Lake."

The advanced band also had a number of performers. Mylee Dennis was on clarinet. The alto saxophone players were Danielle Dewangyumptewa, Brenda Kayquaptewa and Charnelle Leslie. The tenor saxophone players were Aidan Fredericks, Starlie Lomayaktewa and Elana Pawytewa. Jordan Lomahoema played both baritone saxophone and trumpet, but not at the same time.

The following day, Robertson took his music students to attend the Northern Arizona University School of Music opera production. They saw "Cosi fan Tutte" by W.A. Mozart.


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