After the first week of COVID-19 school closures, minds everywhere quickly began seeking creativity and stimulation. Our rock-star Jenison High School music directors even went to work on a fun, challenging project to engage their student musicians from afar. Dave Zamborsky, JHS Band Director and Dan Scott, JHS Orchestra director decided now was the time to perform the Jenison High School fight song – virtual edition.
The first challenge of this project was that the music had never been created with vocal parts – or violin, viola and cello parts for that matter. Mr. Zamborsky wasted no time in creating the parts needed and had them ready for the kids within 24 hours.
The next challenge would be to create virtual ensembles; getting the band, choir or string musicians to perform music “together” when they are indeed not together. With no director standing in front of them to provide instructional cues, a tool called a ‘click track’ was needed. A click track is a series of digital audio cues used to synchronize sound recordings. Senior percussionist, Jarod VanderVeen agreed to record the track for the fight song to accompany the students’ digital performance. He recorded his part while listening to a metronome to stay perfectly in tempo. If you have a metronome in your house you can set it to 150 beats per minute and you’ll notice that Jarod is right on.
The instrumentalists were now set, but the vocalists needed a harmonic reference for their performance. Mr. Scott tapped into the talents of his wife, Diane for the recorded piano part. The students now had what they needed to perfect their individual parts. You’ll notice in the video that they all have some sort of headphone in their ear. This is the click track of either the drummer or the piano player. Each student recorded their performance as they listened to the track. This gave them a rhythmic or harmonic reference for their performance.
The performance itself came as another challenge. None of the orchestra and choir students had even performed the fight song before and some band students were performing on instruments that they don’t use during marching season. After practicing their part, each student recorded their portion and emailed the file to Mr. Scott. There were about 75 video submissions and all of them are included in the video.
Mr. Scott expanded his resume to include “video editor” as he used GarageBand and Final Cut Pro X software programs to compile each performance submission to give us this amazing final product.
Life has been dealing us all a rhythm of unpredictable change these last three weeks. But I want to remind you that TOGETHER – WE ARE JENISON! And together, we march to the beat of a strong community that prides itself in supporting one another.
Click on the video below to check it out…May the performance of these fine musicians brighten your day as we move onward and upward!
(To the tune of “On Wisconsin”)
Onward Wildcats, ever onward, fight to victory!
Green & White, forever fighting, here’s our cheer for thee! Rah! Rah! Rah!
Fighting Wildcats, loyal boosters, here’s to do or die.
All for the fame of our school, Jenison High.
Food distribution is available at the following locations and times:
*COMMUNITY FOOD DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION*
Grace Community Church – 3500 New Holland Street
Tuesday & Thursday, 4 – 7 pm
Fair Haven Church – 2900 Baldwin Street, DOOR E
Friday, 10am – 12pm and 6 – 8pm
Grandville: Fellowship CRC – 4375 Ivanrest Avenue SW
Monday & Thursday, 9 am – 12 pm
Tuesday, 6 – 7:30 pm
Jenison: Sunrise Ministries, 7754 28th Avenue
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- Bursley Elementary – 1195 Port Sheldon Street, Jenison
- Sandy Hill Elementary – 1990 Baldwin Street, Jenison
- Bauerwood Elementary – 1443 Bauer Road, Jenison
- Jenison High School – 2140 Bauer Road, Jenison
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