Back Row from Left to right: Bob Wilcox (instructor), Sean Doxsey (chimes), Floyd Labbe (marimba/suspended cymbal), Zachary Mathieu (concert toms/auxiliary percussion), Emily Kropo (marimba/concert tom), Ethan Dupont (congas/hi-hat/suspended cymbal), Ethan Contreras (tympani/suspended cymbal), Shane Jones (chimes/suspended cymbal), Donny Binette (instructor)Front Row from left to right: Erin McLaughlin (instructor), Marissa Carter (vibraphone/suspended cymbal), Lindsey Schulte (vibraphone/concert tom), Vincent Biancarelli (marimba), Heylee Walker (concert snare/shaker/rain stick), Blake Andrews (concert snare/shaker/ocean drum), Melody Ky (bells/gong/tambourine), Cassidy Rosado (alto glockenspiel/tambourine), Charley Marenghi (xylophone/granite blocks/suspended cymbal), David Pelaggi (instructor)Not pictured: Emaly Pereira (concert bass drum/suspended cymbal/triangle), Amanda Stevens (bells/crotales/wind chimes)Band director: Robert HughesOur percussion arranger: Dave Dion] It isn’t every day that you come across a group of teenagers with an interest in the music of Phish. Sure, The McLovins burst onto the scene in 2008—has it really been 9 & 1/2 years?—with their rendition of “You Enjoy Myself.” But even if you’re a parent trying to encourage your son or daughter to listen to music other than EDM or hip-hop or radio pop, more than likely, Phish, isn’t at the top of the list for most high schoolers. However, it might be now, after a high-school ensemble in Connecticut rode their rendition of “Divided Sky” to second place in competition following their rehearsal of the Phish song going viral earlier in the year and earned high remarks from Trey Anastasio himself. Don Binette, a percussion instructor at Naugatuck High School since 1999—his own alma mater—and a long time Phish fan, had an idea in 2009 after being inspired by Trey Anastasio’s orchestral version of the phish song “Divided Sky.” Why not perform the piece in competitions with the winter percussion ensemble he leads and that he had been a part of as a student. Binette sent off a few emails to the Phish organization, which eventually reached Don Hart—Anastasio’s string arranger—and was given the go ahead by Phish and Hart. Presented then to the schools’ musical director at the time, it was passed on and back-pocketed by Binette. Forward to 2016 and current percussion director Dave Pelaggi reached out to fellow instructors for ideas. Binette offered “Divided Sky.” Another email dashed off to Hart, “Hey Don, it’s 7 or 8 years later and we’re about to get this off the ground…” and Hart was all in, even offering his own thoughts on how the piece could be presented by a percussion ensemble. “We started rehearsals—not the piece—in December,” says Binette when asked about how long this ensemble has been performing the piece. “We did two pre-rehearsals to see what kids were interested so we could see how many kids we had to write the piece for. We actually started rehearsing the music in January. We missed eight rehearsals because of snow and that really set us back. But, pretty much every Tuesday and Thursday, and then we started adding in Saturday’s in February and started our competitive shows the second Saturday in March.”Among the students that showed an interest in the winter percussion ensemble was fifteen-year-old Emily Kropo, who as a freshman played piano in the school marching band. A natural talent and dedicated student, Kropo found her way to the marimba and vibes and other instruments in the percussion orchestra. Now a sophomore, she’s the lead instrumentalist in the ensemble, leading a group of twenty fellow students—for whom percussion is not their primary instrument and from several schools in Naugatauk including middle school—in competitive performances of the piece. She nor any of her fellow bandmates had heard the song before being presented with it for the performance. “No I hadn’t. I was very surprised, because I haven’t been in a winter ensemble before. For marching band, you usually do something that’s like … formal,” she states when asked about her thoughts upon hearing the song. “And this is formal, but it’s more like, jazz type of groove. So it’s surprising to me that we’re doing something that you can relax to and you can enjoy it while your performing it. And use your improvisation skills, like you can see where in the piece things need to be loud and things need to be soft.” She liked the song upon first looking it up on YouTube and even checked out another Phish song. She says that elements of this performance have helped expand her knowledge of the jazz style. “So I take that criteria that we learned in the winter percussion ensemble—cause it’s kind of jazzy—and I put it into the piano playing I do for the jazz band.”The hardest part she says is keeping the entire orchestra in rhythm and on tempo. “I guess the tough part is that I try to pulse to what the beat is and if the kids can’t get it in time or they can’t feel the beat as I feel the beat, it just throws everyone off track.” This performance is strictly done on percussion instruments and does not include a drum set drummer; Marimbas, xylophone, bells, orchestra bells, chimes, timpani, concert snares & toms & bass percussion are all utilized. Binette notes that the competition called for different styles of music with multiple musical elements. The piece performed is supposed to have high, fast, mild tempos; soft, subtle textures, slow pieces.The student performances are judged by two judges, one judging execution & technical performance, while the other listens for interpretation of the piece; highs and lows, crescendos for impact. “Divided Sky” encapsulates all of those elements he says, all in under seven minutes, the maximum amount of time allotted for performance. “As a percussionist myself, I know that there’s different time signatures, it gives different moods. It’s almost like a fugue—a variation of a theme throughout the whole thing,” he says. “With this show, we have a very specific purpose. As much as we are all about being competitive, we are all about competitively beating ourselves each week. We’re not necessarily looking to chase the group that’s ahead of us,’ Binette says. But competitive they were—each week improving their scores & placing second in every performance including the championship. “It’s a real dedicated group of kids,” Binette concludes. ‘Some of them are doing school sports now too. They’re going to school, doing their sports activity and heading here straight from that. I get tingles listening to them, when they hit the times and tempos right. It’s a dream come true to mix those two worlds together and to have it come out as well as it is right now.”You can check out the video of the group rehearsing in the Naugatauk High School auditorium below, courtesy of MK Devo.
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Longtime Wellington banker, oilman, and former State Representative William Cockins “Corky” Long, Jr. a loving and generous husband, father, grandfather and friend entered eternal life on Saturday, November 30th after a brief illness at Wesley Hospital in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 84 years 7 months and 28 days.W. C. Jr. was born on April 2, 1929 at Wesley Hospital to William Cockins Long, Sr. and Bethene (Florence) Long. Â He was later given the nickname “Corky” from the Gasoline Alley comic strip popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s.Corky attended Riverside Elementary School in Wichita for several years until the family moved to Harper in 1936.Â He later attended Harper Elementary School and was a 1945 graduate of Harper High School playing linebacker and center on the football team and also a guard on the basketball team.Corky grew up working in his dad’s service station in Harper.Â Working in his dad’s service stations started Corky’s love of cars and his being very particular about how a car should be serviced and kept clean. Due to the death of his father in 1952, Corky took over the business at the age of 23.Â Corky was always an innovator and expanded the service stations in Harper, Sharon and Medicine Lodge to include a bulk fuel plant facility, a bulk propane plant, an automotive parts store in Harper, and a Liquefied Anhydrous Ammonia (NH3) facility north of Harper, the first in the area.Â Because of his business acumen Corky was asked to join the First National Bank in Harper as a Director in 1955.Corky was very interested in politics and in 1967 he was elected State Representative from Harper and Barber County and was re-elected in 1969.Â Always a fair and honest man, Corky worked very hard for the rural interests of the state.Â He also was instrumental in gaining passage of a bill to promote equal housing for all Kansans regardless of race as well as a new and better way to distribute user fees and sales taxes to local units of government.In 1971 Corky entered banking as a full time profession, one he deeply loved, purchasing the Farmers State Bank in Norwich, Kansas. This started his ownership or involvement in several banks including The Cedar State Bank in Cedar Vale and the Maize State Bank in Maize.Â Corky decided that Wellington was a great place to do business and purchased controlling interest in the then National Bank of Commerce, now the Bank of Commerce in 1975 and continued to serve as an officer of the bank and Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Commerce up until his death.Corky was also interested in the oil and gas business and founded WellWin Drilling Corporation in 1980 with his friend Jack Mitchell.Corky dearly loved people.Â It was extremely rare for him to miss a day of work or a walk downtown to the Donut Shop to visit with friends. Corky was never shy expressing his opinion on the issues of the day; or doing research on issues he was interested in including politics, religion and history and sharing them with his friends or family.Corky has been faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church and was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Wellington for many years as well as St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Harper.Â He was also active in the Kansas Bankers Association, one of the founding members of the Independent Community Bankers Association of Kansas, Kansas Oil Marketers Association, the Wellington Industrial Development Corporation, the Wellington Rotary Club, Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Harper Chamber of Commerce, the Harper Lions Club, several hospital and building committees, the Kansas Republican Party and many other community initiatives.Corky never cut corners and his honesty was above reproach.Â He always expressed this to his children about the importance of living a faith based life, being generous to others, volunteering for community service and being true to yourself.Â Corky never had a speeding ticket in his life and after being audited by the IRS was owed a refund by the IRS.In 1956 Corky married Carol Virginia Drouhard of Danville Kansas and to this union six children were born; Mary Beth Ponton and husband Rod of Salina, Kansas and Mary Beth’s children Alyssa Hermreck and husband Chris, Hayley George and Grayson George; John C. “J. C.” Long and his wife Mary of Wellington and children William C. III and John; James J. and his wife Olga of Wichita and daughter Carol; Nathan and his wife Kristi of Dallas, Texas and their children Sam, David, Anne Marie, Nathan, Jr., Eli, Sarah and Rachel; Anne M. Setter and her husband Mel of Topeka, Kansas and their children Claire, Aidan and Caroline; and Allyson C. Lauer and husband Rob of Marysville, Kansas and their children Katherine, Grace, Jack and Luke. Corky was extremely proud of his family’s achievements in business, politics, and law.Corky was preceded in death by his parents William C. Long, Sr. (1952) and mother Bethene (1996); a sister Mary Louise (1924) and his dear brother PFC Jefferson Long III Killed-In-Action in World War II in 1945.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.Â In honoring Corkyâ€™s wishes the casket will remain closed.Â The family will receive and greet friends at St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church in Wellington, Kansas from 5:00 â€“ 7:00 P.M.Â The Rosary will begin at 7:00 P.M.Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church.Â Father Dwight Birket will officiate.Â Interment will be held at 2:00 P.M. at the Fairview Cemetery in Danville, Kansas.The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Jeff Long American Legion Post 104 in Harper, Kansas or the Avenue of Flags at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington, Kansas.Â Contributions can be left or mailed to Frank Funeral Home, 417 N. Washington, Wellington, Kansas 67152.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website atÂ www.frankfuneralhome.net
Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Todayâ€™s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014:Tuesdayâ€¢Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:10-7:30 p.m.â€¢Volleyball at Buhler 5 p.m.Wednesdayâ€¢Dental Screeningâ€¢Scholarsâ€™ Bowl at Maize South 4 p.m.Thursdayâ€¢Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:10-7:30 p.m.Fridayâ€¢NO SCHOOLâ€¢Football at Mulvane, 7 p.m.Saturdayâ€¢Regional CCâ€¢Sub-State Volleyball at WHS 2 p.m.â€¢ACTTuesdayâ€™s lunch: Turkey and Cheese sandwich, romaine and tomato, oven fries, chill peaches, graham crackers.Wednesdayâ€™s lunch: Chicken Fried Steak, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, banana, hot roll/jelly. Todayâ€™s News*Crusader Creators will have a 15 minute meeting right after schoolÂ on Wednesday.*Â Donâ€™t forget to participate in No make up Mondays for Operation Beautiful and wear pink to support breast cancer awareness month.*Crusaders, please remember to detach the lids of the empty bottles you recycle. Also, please do not put your trash in the recycle bins- put the paper in the paper bins and bottles in the bottle bins. Lastly, weâ€™d like to say we only recycle plastic bottles and paper. Thank you- WHS Leadership. Guidance Office News:College visits during lunch:Tuesday, October 21- KANSAS STATEThursday, October 23- Butler CCCTuesday, November 11- Pittsburg StateThursday, November 13- Fort Hays College.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
They remain three points adrift of the Premier League’s top four but Emery appears to have injected energy into a team that was stagnating under Wenger.“Nowadays it’s very difficult for a coach to stay 22 years,” Emery said in an interview with Spanish sports daily Marca on Thursday.“We had to rearrange the furniture, and not because of anything bad that happened previously, but to stimulate everyone again — to shake things up, sweep under the carpets, open the windows — in a positive way.”Emery has made changes defensively, deploying a higher and more aggressive pressing game that has been adopted surprisingly quickly by his players.Bernd Leno has established himself as first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Petr Cech while the tireless Lucas Torreira has been one Arsenal’s stand-out players in midfield.“Before Wenger arrived, Arsenal celebrated winning 1-0 and were based on defensive solidity,” Emery said.“Then with Arsene, joy was taken from attacking too and the perfect blend was the ‘Invincibles’ team. But over time, only technical quality and attacking freedom were taken care of and the team lost its defensive structure.“What I want is to unite both aspects and be more competitive. Arsenal was in decline. We had to stop that and start climbing.”Emery said he has met Wenger once since being appointed his replacement and while he “has a lot of respect” for his predecessor, he insists changes had to be made.Arsene Wenger was in charge at Arsenal for 22 years © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONSome of the devil was in the detail. Sugary juices were removed as part of some tweaks to the club canteen and Emery says they also moved the gym closer to the training pitch. He is not keen, however, on his reputation as a meticulous coach.“I have said to myself it is a positive thing, but it can also be negative, that you are too heavy, want to interfere with the players a lot,” Emery said.“What I do is work. I analyse matches and then I transfer it to video and I teach the players.”He added: “When I left Valencia, I told the president I was more a tactics coach than a player coach. I don’t have time to analyse players. I am more tactical. Wenger was, for example, more about pure football, about players.”Arsenal travel to Bournemouth on Sunday, hoping to break a run of three consecutive draws in all competitions.“We need to give the team another push,” Emery said. “Our aim is to be in the top four but it isn´t easy. It’s getting harder and harder to get there.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Unai Emery has made an impressive start at Arsenal © AFP/File / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASMADRID, Spain, Nov 22 – Arsenal manager Unai Emery has claimed the club needed a breath of fresh air after 22 years of Arsene Wenger and that he took over a team in decline.Former PSG coach Emery has enjoyed an encouraging first few months as Wenger’s successor, with Arsenal currently unbeaten in 16 matches and buoyed by impressive performances against Liverpool, Fulham and Leicester.