Category: Music

Show Choir Combo

This year’s show choir has had some major changes. A new director, a new choreographer, and a new routine. On top of all of that, there is a new combo director. Mr. Place, one of the three band department directors, has volunteered to lead the 11 student musicians that play behind the show choirs as […]

Trio & One

Trio & One is Pella’s hottest new band, coming right out of Pella High and featuring seniors Grayson Parisee on keyboard and trumpet, Jack Stratton on bass,  Jake Schulte on vocals, and junior Issac Piersma on drums.  The band was first dreamed up by Piersma and Stratton after they had the opportunity to play in […]

All-State Q and A With Sam Burrows

Q: What is All-State? A: The All-State Music Festival is an event organized by the Iowa High School Music Association. People who are passionate about music may participate in performing with other skilled high school musicians during the event if they qualify by an audition process, and most of those who audition do so for […]

Valleyfest Showdown

Every year in western Des Moines the Pella Marching Dutch is invited to compete in the Valleyfest Showdown. This is only one of typically four competitions they participate in and is the biggest one, both in importance and in size. This year’s show, The Art of Tango, was awarded best drumline and second place in […]

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 […]