Pops concerts allow students to shine


Instrumental and vocal pops concerts give students a chance to show off their talents using songs that everyone knows and loves. Instrumental Pops occured on Tuesday, Jan. 7, and Vocal Pops happened on Sunday, Jan. 19. Both took place in Marian’s Performing Arts Center.

Instrumental Pops started off the night with the Muppets Theme, and included performances from both the band and orchestra. The night was dedicated to honoring famous musicians and performers who died in 2016, including tributes to Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Leonard Cohan and Gene Wilder. The show was directed by instrumental music teacher Mr. Paul Niedbalski.


Ready, set, play! The students in Marian’s band get their instruments ready as they start the show. Conducted by band and orchestra teacher Mr. Paul Niedbalski, the show lasted for an hour and included tributes to musicians who had passed in 2016.

Instrument Pops also included musicians from outside Marian who did solos. Trumpet player Jamie Tyser, who has degrees in trumpet performance from University of Missouri Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and the Lynn University Conservatory of Music, performed with the band. Tyser currently works at Thompson Music. Bass player Dani Meyer performed with the orchestra. Meyer graduated from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a bachelors and masters in music performance. She is currently a part of the Omaha Symphony.

“Bringing in soloists is a very common thing for most professional/college bands and orchestras. Sometimes they feature musicians from within their ranks and sometimes they bring in outside musicians. I wanted to bring in some local professionals for our February concert, and we’re exploring the possibility of featuring one of our own for the spring concert. I was really excited about bringing in two incredibly talented female musicians, particularly since they both play instruments that aren’t typically thought of as ‘girls’ instruments,” Niedbalski said.

“I thought that the musicians were amazing and super talented!” sophomore Mary Watson said.

“I am glad they took the time to play with us, and while we rehearsed, they gave us great advice for playing these songs. They also sounded really great when they performed with us,” sophomore Jazmin Torres said.

Vocal Pops was kicked off with a performance from social studies Mr. Tom Baker, as he helped the choir to sing “Let’s Go to the Movies.” The show was directed by Ms. Lauren Morrissey ‘09.

The night was truly a night at the movies.


Bust a move Marian’s Select Women’s Choir finishes off their opening number “Let’s Go to the Movies.” The girls had some help from social studies teacher Mr. Tom Baker to start off the show.

Students in small groups and individually sang songs from “Hairspray” “Footloose” and even “Toy Story.”

“My favorite song to perform was my solo, ‘Happy Working Song’ because I could dance around the stage with all my props and act like Giselle from ‘Enchanted,’” junior Rachel Brich said. The concert was made up of Marian’s Select Women’s Choir and Concert Choir, so there were students from all grades participating.

“I think it went incredibly well. My favorite song to sing was ‘Anything You Can Do,’” freshman Annie Compton said.

“I was so excited about how the show turned out —the group numbers were a lot of fun and the solos and small groups were phenomenal! My favorite song to perform was ‘Footloose!’ The dance was sassy and we were able to pour our personalities into it,” junior Maria Determan said.

The Select Women’s Choir also took a moment to honor the seniors on the choir, giving them each a survival kit for their freshman year in college without the Select Women’s Choir. The kits included flower petals with compliments on them, a wand (to remember how magical they were), cough drops, gum and many other items.

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