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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 …

The cast of “Rock of Ages!’ Photo by Myra Klarman After six booming years on the Broadway stage, Pioneer Theatre Guild will present “Rock of Ages!” this spring. The performance dates are: Friday, April 29 Saturday, April 30 Friday, May 6 Saturday, May 7 All …

The Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association’s recent District 12 Band and Orchestra Solo and Ensemble Festival held Jan. 30 at Pioneer High School resulted in many honors for PHS musicians. Band students honored Pioneer Band students received 127 first division and 34 second division …

FutureStars 2016 perform to packed house

January 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

Story and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News “What just happened?” FutureStars winner Kaleb Doughten-Priska kept repeating those words Saturday night as he was congratulated by his talented competitors in the annual talent show presented by Pioneer Theatre Guild. A panel of judges selected the …

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