Category: Music

Never Give Up

by: MacKenzie Van Haaften With the ever-growing festival, Tulip Time, fast approaching, groups and organizations are starting to prepare for the large event. One of these being AcaPella, the varsity show choir at Pella Community High School. AcaPella is now performing their show, Never Give Up, at The Tulip Toren on the Saturday of Tulip […]

2019 Student Showcase

Student showcase is an event held by Pella high school as an opportunity for students to show off their talents and skills. The performances are centered around the band, choir, and orchestra programs. They can either be solos, duets, or small and large group productions. The showcase is set to happen on Friday, April 26 […]

Pella Jazz One competes at Jazz Champs

The Pella Jazz One competed in the Iowa Jazz Championships recently on Tuesday, April 2. The event is held annually on Iowa State’s campus. Sixty bands from the state qualify to compete every year based on class. Pella has done very well historically, celebrating 18 championship titles in the 40 years of the ensemble’s existence. […]

Dutch Masters Behind the Scenes

Dutch Masters is a show choir competition that Pella Community High School has hosted for eleven years. It’s a highly competitive competition requiring all students from all invited schools to bring their best. This competition requires a lot of work, not only for other schools, but the hosts themselves. Each student that participates in show […]

Pella Jazz Band Freshman Profile: Riley Sorheim

Pella High School has a Jazz Band program that includes two different ensembles, Jazz One and Jazz Two. Jazz One is considered varsity while Jazz Two is considered junior varsity, so it rare that freshmen are chosen to be a part of Jazz One. This year’s Jazz One Ensemble includes three freshmen: Alexa Gaylor on […]

The Sound of Music Review

Due to the daunting popularity of the show, The Sound of Music is a difficult show to put on as a high school performance. However, the cast of the show handled this pressure and put on a quality musical. The vocals and acting made the play enjoyable for all audiences. From the adorable children in […]

Pella High set to perform the Sound of Music

This year’s musical at Pella High, directed by choir director Michelle Chaplin, is The Sound of Music. The movie adaption of The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews had it’s 50 year anniversary in 2015.  Chaplin reassured the age of the show does not change the message and relevance. “It is a timeless story of […]

“This is America” Highlights Flaw in American Politics

Donald Glover, better known as “Childish Gambino,” has taken a break from his self-proclaimed retirement from music to release a single and music video entitled “This is America.” The video highlights many points of modern American culture, including dance trends and samples of prominent contemporary rappers. It also features the uglier parts of American culture, […]

Showcase article correction

The Pelladium wishes to correct a mistake in our February 27 Issue. Concert and select choir will not be a part of the showcase as reported in the Pelladium. PHS’s two show choirs, AcaPella and Bravo, will perform in the showcase with Jazz 1, Jazz 2, percussion ensembles, and band, orchestra, and choir solos and […]

Pella in Jazz Champs

Pella’s Jazz I traveled to Ames to compete in the annual All-State Jazz Championships on Thursday, April 5. At Jazz Champs, the band performed in the afternoon at 3:45 for the competition’s judges. Their afternoon performance determined whether or not the band would advance to the finale later that night. According to trumpet player Grayson […]