Like twin beacons, double-header performances by the Pequot Lakes High School concert and symphonic bands highlighted "Pequot Lakes Bands in Concert - More Sleigh Bells!," an all-grade-level event Monday, Dec. 17, at the school auditorium.
"The Future is Female!" It's a slogan. It's a rallying cry. It's a movement. It's the title of a new, full-length, 13-track, music album by the all-female group formed in St. Paul, The Von Tramps. Girl group? More like humankind group. Coming together nearly two years ago, as the Facebook page whimsically explains, "a 'B' movie actress, a chef, a drummer, and an avid cosplay enthusiast walked into a bar, got drunk, and started a band." The Von Tramps are: Jenna Enemy, vocals and guitar; Chelsea Oxborough, guitar; and Krissandra Anfinson, bass.
In concert Monday, Dec. 11, the Pequot Lakes bands at all grade levels presented "A Seasons Greetings!" delivering a colorful musical program crafted with honed instrumentation and orchestration, celebrating the advent of this year's winter holiday season. With a flair for novelty in reaching out from traditional holiday music, bands director Michael Sommerness introduced at least one literally far out selection, "Dr. Who: Through Time and Space," an incidental composition from the longstanding popular British television programme, performed by the high school concert band.
In concert Thursday, May 18, the Pequot Lakes bands presented their final program of the school year, "One World Music," featuring performances of diverse sounds celebrating the one universal language from near and afar. Under the leadership of Director Michael Sommerness, fine degrees of musical training, learning and achievements of competency for all grade levels 6-12 were apparent.
'Tis the season to come inside, warm on up and be treated to a spiritual banquet of holiday music and "Live from Pequot Lakes, it's Thursday night!" On Thursday, Dec. 15, in the high school auditorium, the Pequot Lakes sixth- through eighth- grade concert and symphony bands presented a program, "Through the Seasons," as a perfectly bedecked antidote to the subzero temperatures and snowy conditions outside.
The eighth annual Gull Lake Classic Boat Show on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Bar Harbor Supper Club docks in Lake Shore featured scores of vintage boats on display. Sixteen were awarded best in as many categories, including Becky and John Allen's "Johnny Barnes" triple-cockpit from 1931, voted Skippers' Choice, and Lee and Penny Anderson's "Royaleze" luxury motor launch, voted People's Choice.
On Monday, May 12, the Pequot Lakes bands concert year ended with a flourish of high notes and high fives for middle through high school concert band members. In a program featuring folk and freestyle influences, music director Michael Sommerness began the evening by introducing his sixth-grade band students, saying, “Sixth-grade band is like a first hurdle for these guys, but once they get over it, they’re in it for good, often through high school.”