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Plymouth Community Youth Orchestra Performance at Blueberry

September 13, 2011

09/14/11 The Plymouth Community Youth Orchestra performed on the Michigan Stage last Monday, September 5, during the Blueberry Festival.

The PCYO always performed on the Jefferson Stage in the past, but they’ve outgrown it! This year the big stage was filled with 51 string players.  The audience was entertained for an hour with songs including Surprise Symphony, Jurassic Park, and Swallow Tail Jig.

Four members put down their instruments and sang while the rest of the orchestra played Old MacDonald Had a Farm. The audience cue cards were a big hit!

Another big surprise was the comical performance of Concerto for Triangle, featuring a triangle soloist. Each time he was cued to play, the soloist was busy with other things like polishing the triangle, blowing his nose and answering his cell phone! He was finally ready and played the last ‘ding’ of the song.

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Full orchestra playing.jpg

Director: Gabi Hill

1st row: violinists: Sarah Tanner, Karly Gruett, McKenzie Sheetz, Allie Tharp, Andrea Soria, Annalise Barden, Avery Aquino; violists: Hayden Bardwell, Leah Smith; cellists: Kirkland Hettich, Tristin Pearson, Hugh Smith     

2nd row: violinists: Gabby Ruiz, Daisy Lyon, Anya Hettich, Candace Thomas (assistant director), Jenny Cuatlacuatl, Renee Green, Ginger Kizer (assistant director), Cassie Salach, Leslie Dorantes, Soren Houin; violists: Daniel Stauffer, Sydney Hill, Autumn Wilson; cellists: Becca Ippel (assistant director), Conner Mathews, Chase vanDuyne, Kobe Johnson   

3rd row: violinists: Emily LaFree, Lily Wallace, Jeff Chamberlin, Emma Blair, Jessica Gallardo, Kiarra Ponce, Kylee Dalton, Adam Rosas, Zoe Fritz, Ashley Rosas, violists: Luke Ruff, Julian Schwenk, Mike Stauffer,  Alexis Dalton, Lauren Schumacher, Hailey Casper, Claire Tanner,  Alaina Clady; cellists: Xavier Ruiz, Tori Aukerman, Katie Machlan, Olive Stanton     



1st row: cellists Kirkland Hettich, Tristin Pearson, Hugh Smith

2nd row: cellists Becca Ippel (assistant director), Conner Mathews, Chase vanDuyne, Kobe Johnson

3rd row: violist Alaina Claidy; cellists: Xavier Ruiz, Tori Aukerman, Katie Machlan, Olive Stanton


Concerto for Triangle soloist.jpg – Hayden Bardwell

Old MacDonald singers.jpg – Mike Stauffer, Luke Ruff, Lily Wallace, Adam Rosas


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