Conestoga Music Department Puts on May “Pops” Concert


John McConnell

Addi A. and Morgan M. perform “Strawberry Wine” on guitar

Murray, NEB- The final Conestoga Jr./Sr. High School music concert of the year was held on May 10. This concert showcases popular songs played by band, choir, and guitar. It gives an opportunity to recognize seniors in music and soloists who received a Superior rating at the District Music Contest in April. This concert was a good ending to the 2021-2022 music season.

At this concert, guitar performed “School’s Out For Summer” and “Here Comes the Sun”. Senior Gabe T. performed a solo called “Gabe’s Song”. Seniors Addie A. and Morgan M. performed “Cherry Wine”, a song that they had been wanting to play since their freshman year. The junior high choir sang “Under the Waves”, a composition of many summer, beach songs, “Remember Me” and “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”. High school choir sang “For the Longest Time”, featuring Stephanie P. and Ian M., “All I Ask of You” and “Ain’t No Mountain”. Junior high band performed “The Mandalorian”, “Neverending Story” and “I’m a Believer”. High school band performed “The Incredibles”, “You’ll Be Back”, and “Baba Yetu”.

Cassi Vallis recognizes seniors who are graduating (John McConnell)

Many students performed a piece of their solos during the concert. The soloists that performed at this concert from the band were juniors Stephanie P. and Ella L. The choir soloists were seniors Heather F. and Abby N. and junior Allison B. Each of these students had received a Superior at DMC.

The final concert of the year is also a time for Cassi Vallis, the music director, to say goodbye to the seniors. The seniors recognized were Addie A., Chloe C., Daniel C., Kayla C., Keaghon C., Shelby C., Heather F., Morgan M., Abby N. and Gabe T. During the senior recognition, Vallis gave a short speech about each student and their accomplishments. They were also given a Symphony chocolate bar. Many of the students also gave Vallis a gift to show appreciation for all she has done for them.

This concert was a success and students were able to show off all of their talents. Vallis said, “Musically, this last concert was our most outstanding in terms of performing the song to its fullest potential… I’m so incredibly sad for them (the seniors) to see us go, but I’m excited to see them go off and change the world.” Many of these students will continue to pursue music and learn more. “Stay in music!…We learn so much more than just the notes on the page. The family you make on your music team is one that will stick with you and support you throughout your schooling and life,” stated Vallis.