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ALAH High School Band & Chorus Hold Annual Holiday Concert

These seven high school students were all participants in the District V ILMEA Chorus. They sang, “How Good” at the concert with Miah Malin as soloist. From left to right: Alyssa Gray, Kylie Stutzman, Chloe Custer, Miah Malin, Andalyn Hodge, Evan Fowler and Sarah Rogers.

Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond High School students performed their annual band and chorus Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 15 in the east gym of the high school. ALAH HS Principal Steffanie Seegmiller opened the evening with a few remarks about the talented students in the school and then began the music with the introduction of the high school chorus.

The chorus, under the direction of Mr. Stephen McClarey was first on the program. After their four songs, an ensemble of Chloe Custer, Evan Fowler, Alyssa Gray, Andalyn Hodge, Miah Malin, Sarah Rogers and Kylie Stutzman. These students were all selected to be participants in the District V ILMEA Chorus. Evan Fowler and Sarah Rogers also made the ILMEA State Chorus and Andalyn Hodge made the ILMEA All State Honors Chorus and was selected as a soloist for that group. ILMEA is the Illinois Music Education Association.

Band Director Mr. Ethyan DeLaughter presented his Marching Band awards during the band’s portion of the program. These students were named Most Outstanding in the following categories: Rookie-L Burgin; Pit Performer-Brett Menna; Drumline Performer-Xander Thompson; Color Guard Member-Miah Malin; Woodwind Performer-Ben Johnson; Brass Performer-Derrick Schrock and Most Outstanding Overall-Miah Malin, Derrick Schrock and Xander Thompson.

Mr. DeLaughter then asked the members of the Marching Band’s Leadership Team to stand and be recognized for their work throughout the marching band season. Those students were: Evan Fowler, Caitlyn Hoots, Ben Johnson, Miah Malin, Matthew Miller, Sarah Rogers, Derrick Schrock, Colton Taylor and Xander Thompson. Mr. DeLaughter said, thank you for all your hard work and everything you have done to help me and the rest of the band out during the season!”

Mr. DeLaughter had two more students he wanted to recognize. They were Mason Kreher, a senior who is graduating this semester, has been involved in marching band, pep band and concert band and also played a couple of solos in the concert and Brett Menna who was moving and would be attending Eisenhower High School, Mr. DeLaughter’s alma mater, after the break. He said, “It has been a blast having you in the band and it’s always fun to talk bass and drums with you. We are going to miss you, but you’ll be in good hands over at Eisenhower.”

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