The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

November 14, 2013

Pops, Pizzazz featuring lots of new talent

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Edgewood’s performing groups are gearing up for this year’s “Pops, Pizzazz and all that Jazz” show. Edgewood’s show choir, the Soundsations, will head the show as usual along with the Edgewood Jazz band. Both groups have been working tirelessly since the beginning of the year in preparation for the show that will feature songs such as, “Trickle Trickle,” “Down at Poco Loco’s” and “I’ll Take You There.”

Fall “Pops” is always a challenging show for both Soundsations and Jazz Band as it is their first performance of the year, and for new members, their first performance with the group.

“We lost a lot of seniors last year, so the group is younger but is certainly not lacking any of the talent that is always in Edgewood’s music program,” said Alex Kisha, trumpet senior in Jazz Band. “We have come a long way from the beginning of the year; the music was challenging but it was nothing we couldn’t handle after a lot of practice.”

Senior Emily Petro, who has been in both groups for the past two years, splits her rehearsal time between the two every week during school. She reflects on her experiences managing her time and how the groups evolve. “If you care about both groups enough, you make time to practice and review so you’re always caught up,” Petro said. “It can be stressful learning new material and trying to get things done on time, making sure everything is performance-ready, but being on stage and knowing things went well makes every rehearsal worth it.”

When asked how the groups compare to previous years, Petro said, “It’s hard to compare because each year brings new people who have their own unique skills and talents.”

“Pops” will be presented 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in Edgewood auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. The second quarter of the grading period at Edgewood High School has begun. In order to give students early preparation for college, the Buckeye Local School District has offered three new courses, including Advanced Placement Literature and Composition, AP Statistics and AP History. After course requirements are met, students have the option to take an advance placement test in May to earn a college credit. A combination of calculator skills, critical thinking, and use of probability of numbers makes up the new AP statistics course, taught by Kevin Andrejack.

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