JHS band students recognized

JASPER — The annual band awards banquet was held May 6 at the Jasper High School cafeteria. President Emily Meyer called the meeting to order, thanked everyone for attending and welcomed special guests. She introduced and thanked all of the current officers for their time and efforts this year.

President Meyer asked if any other parents wanted to be placed on the ballot for election in an office, and then said that the slate of officers would remain for the 2019-20 school year. The officers are Emily Meyer, president; Alan and Connie Brenner, vice presidents; Lonnie Nicholson, treasurer; and Stephanie Armstrong, secretary.

Ms. Meyer spoke about Phil Fleming’s time and efforts over the years with the band and presented him with a gift of a framed “Jasper Guard” jacket. Joey Clark spoke of James Goodhue’s tenure at Jasper and her experience with him when she was a student. Jen Verkamp, band parent and board president of the Dubois County Community Foundation, presented information for the James Goodhue Jasper Band Directors Endowment that has been started to help raise funds to support the school/band budget versus the Krempp Endowment that was started in 2002 to support the Jasper Band parent organization budget. Supporters are asked to make a donation to either endowment to support the band. A memory book and plaque of music was presented to Goodhue. A slide show of pictures and videos was shown. Emily Bryant presented a Senate resolution for his retirement from State Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper. The crowd honored him with a standing ovation. 

Goodhue welcomed and thanked the Greater Jasper School administration, school principals, office and school personnel and Greater Jasper School Board. He welcomed special guests. He recognized officers and committee chairpersons, and thanked parent volunteers for all of their assistance this year. He thanked the Notable Event Auction committee, drivers, pit crew, food chair, chaperones, uniforms and all committees. He explained the uniform endowment fund and thanked the Edna Joseph family for the trust monies for this account. He thanked Mike Ackerman for the assistance with donating the semi-truck for marching band transportation.

The band directors recognized All-Region band members and Indiana Bandmasters Association Junior All-State band members. All-Region and All-District band students were asked to stand to be recognized. The students who earned a gold rating at the state solo and ensemble were recognized and presented a trophy. All students who were a part of the many gold rating ensembles were asked to stand.

John Coller reviewed the year for the middle school band, noting that the sixth-grade band and seventh/eighth grade bands earned gold ratings at contest. He recognized and presented trophies to the outstanding band members for each grade.

Half-pot tickets were drawn and $100 was won by Jane Fritch and the $50 Fischer Farms meat variety pack was won by Ms. Coller. Invocation was given by Paige Small. Dinner was served with a taco bar from Sander’s catering.

Underclassmen student service awards and recognition were presented to Abbey Armstrong and Kennedy Nicholson, presidents; Abby Fischer, secretary; John Dahlen, librarian; Johanna King, junior representative; Josh Obermeyer, sophomore representative; and Jackson Clark, freshman representative.

Goodhue acknowledged all marching band members and congratulated them for fifth-place finish at state finals. He asked all students who took private lessons and those who taught private lessons to stand for applause. He thanked the other directors for all of their work and efforts, and the lessons and marching band support staff. Goodhue acknowledged all Indiana Music Educators Association Honor Band participants, All-State Orchestra, All-State Junior High Jazz Band, All-State Percussion Ensemble, IMEA Honor Band and All-State Honor Band.

The drum majors recognized were Vince Obermeyer, Cole Weyer and Abby Fischer and soloist Jalen Whitsitt.

The underclassman outstanding band members were recognized and given a trophy.

Phil Fleming acknowledged the marching color guard and winter guard for their efforts and recognized the director’s award winners and senior award winners.

Patrick Keeley reviewed the year of accomplishments for the pep band with about 110 members this year and the jazz band and acknowledged those students for their efforts. He reported that the jazz band earned a gold rating at contest and all soloists earned awards at their performances. He reported that the concert band earned a gold rating at contest.

Goodhue reviewed accomplishments of the symphonic band who was recognized for the gold rating at contest, placing in the top 16 to advance to state. They placed seventh in the state, which is a major accomplishment as this state contest is not by class and JHS is the smallest school to compete.

Goodhue recognized the Philharmonic Club Outstanding Band student Bennett Lang and Music Department Academic Achiever Award student Vince Obermeyer. He recognized the Marching Wildcat Award winners.

Goodhue presented senior service awards to Tristan Scott and Cole Stenftenagel, vice presidents; Gina Fromme, historian; and Jackson Hopf, senior representative.

Keeley introduced Fern Bonifer who presented the Brian Bonifer Jazz Award to Vince Obermeyer. Michael Bonifer from California and shared information about his brother, Brian, for whom this award is named.

Goodhue spoke about Jane Werne and presented Jacob Grinstead with the Jane Werne Mental Attitude Award, which is voted upon by the senior class. Amanda Drew and student Maude Drew presented awards to the students who earned the Bill Heeke Extra Effort Award. The James Holler BPO Scholarship Award winners were Olivia Smith, Isaac Hopf and Nick Bell for $500 each. The Outstanding Senior Band members recognized were Nick Bell, Isaac Hopf, Olivia Smith, Vince Obermeyer, Jack Goodhue, Joe Monetta, Cole Weyer and Grant Keller.

Mr. Goodhue read a prepared statement regarding his retirement. He spoke in detail about his time with the Jasper band and thanked his wife, Heather, for her time and support through the years.   

All senior band students were named and called forward to be presented the Senior Band Award consisting of a framed certificate with senior band picture and accolades from their four years, and senior parents were asked to stand. Thanks were given for all of their hard work over their years with the Jasper band program.

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