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The Arts

Ann Arbor’s Skyline High School Theater will  present Jim Leonard’s haunting play, “The Diviners”  on March 24, 25 and 26.     Winner of the American College Theatre Festival,  “The Diviners” is a moving story about a disturbed young boy and his relationship with a conflicted former preacher …

These Pioneer High School musicians will join the Navy Concert Band on stage to perform John Phillip Sousa’s “Washington Post March.” At right is Band Director David Leach. (Photo by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News) The United States Navy Concert Band will perform at Pioneer High …

Story and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News AAPS students take some incredible field trips, from world-class art museums, lectures, and concerts at the University of Michigan, to local sites to learn about wildlife, rocks or water. Lakewood Elementary art teacher Peggy Leonard says her …

Story, video and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Luckily for Tappan Middle School music students, Joe DeMarsh broke the vow he took 35 years ago that went something like this: “I will never ever teach again.” DeMarsh’s first teaching job was in a …

Photos and videos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor The 15th annual Pioneer Theatre Guild’s FutureStars talent competition was held Saturday night before a sold-out crowd which  cheered on dozens of AAPS student singers, dancers and musicians. More than 90 high school students from throughout …

Ashley Park as Tuptim in the Lincoln Center’s revival of “The King and I”. Pioneer High School graduate Ashley Park, a Grammy-nominated Broadway performer who most recently  played Tuptim in the Lincoln Center’s Tony Award-winning revival of “The King and I” is returning to Ann …

Allen’s specials team celebrates the award with Principal Kerry Beal (far right)  and Robin Bailey, back row, right, who coordinates the district’s fine arts curriculum. By Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor Arts education thrives at Allen Elementary, which now has a prestigious award to …

Video and photo by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News The Community High Jazz combo Tempus Fugit has just won a major international award: The Downbeat Magazine Outstanding Performance Award in the High School Combo contest. This is the biggest worldwide high school contest for our genre of jazz combos. Past Downbeat winners …

  Story, video and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Wines Elementary vocal music teacher Beth McNally thought she was simply going to an ordinary school assembly when Principal David DeYoung surprised her with some great news: She has been named the UMS/DTE Energy Fund …

Pioneer band students excel at state festival

April 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

Pioneer band students received 67  first division and  18  second division ratings in solo performance, as well as  68  first division and  eight second division ratings in ensemble performance at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra’s State Solo and Ensemble Festival  on March 19. Students prepared a solo …

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