Storm Lake fourth, fifth and sixth grade students will have the opportunity to perform with the Celebration Iowa Singers and Jazz Band (formerly State Fair Singers and Jazz Band), an elite ensemble of Iowa high school musicians from around the state. The local students and Celebration Iowa perform Friday, July 4 at the Sunset Park Bandshell, 1:30 p.m. The show is free.
The local students participating in this unique performance include fourth grade students Beau Binning, Joy Bral, Brett DeWerff, Brea Baumhover and Michael Martin. Fifth grade students include David Soria, Kevin Chavez, Marlee Nicholson, Grace Dierenfield, Erika James, Rylee James, Jon Douangmany, Erika Ramos and Veronica Tapia. Sixth grade students include Bryanna Baumhover, Jennifer Rickards, Mitchell Martin, Andy Cutler, Grant Kohfmel and Hunter Schmitt. The students have been preparing for the show under the direction of Deb DeHaan.
Three Northwest Iowa high school students will also be a part of the show - Michael Phillips, Pocahontas; Emma Walkler, Brayton; John Paul Jenkins, Fort Dodge.
In its 26th season, Celebration Iowa's 2008 show opens with an exciting Broadway Review featuring selections such as "There is No Business Like Show Business", "Oklahoma", and "On Broadway." The opening set is followed by How Does Your Garden Grow," a children's musical featuring "Planting Seeds," "Weeds Rule," and "Garden Hoedown," including elementary students from the surrounding community.
The show concludes with a memorable set entitled British Invasion that includes "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club," "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "Imagine," and "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go."
The Celebration Iowa Jazz Band will perform many great selections throughout the performance representing various jazz styles.
Celebration Iowa strives to reflect the quality of Iowa high school music programs in this educational, performance and service-oriented summer music experience. Together with a talented staff of teachers and professionals, the members of Celebration Iowa present an action-packed two-hour show that includes song, dance, and jazz band favorites for audience members of all ages to enjoy.
During the course of the summer, Celebration Iowa cast members are offered the opportunity to perform over 30 shows in all corners of the state while learning from some of Iowa's finest teachers. Every year cast members agree that their experience with Celebration Iowa is truly "the summer of a lifetime."
Celebration Iowa, a project of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa is also funded by The R.J. McElroy Trust, The Fred Maytag Family Foundation, Hy-Vee, Inc., and the Celebration Iowa Alumni and Parent Funds. Each cast member also secures local sponsorships to defray personal costs.
The ensemble rehearses on the Luther College campus June 7-27 and will tour statewide June 28 -August 6.