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IMHS Jazz Band performs for Golden K Club

The Iron Mountain High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Craig Recla, performed for the Golden K Club. From right, in the front row are Emily Nelson, Angel Vanegas-Mendoza, Anna Peterson, Alex Rankin, Naleah Laurent, Olivia Hawkins, Maddie Supanich, McKenna Smith; in the back row are Jack Smith, Colin Petschar, Lexi Hagan, Sarah Kulas, Dawn Kay, Tony Lin, Alyssa Mendini, Katherine Kay, Leah Larsen.

By JOAN JOUPPI

For The Daily News

KINGSFORD — Those big powerful plows came — again, again and again. And we are so glad they did. Winter made its appearance in the U.P. and it brought out plows — big and small — shovels, and scoops. Cities, counties and townships all had their people out clearing roads from early morning to late night Sunday. Residents struggled with the challenge of clearing walks and driveways, while throwing out their backs.

Though no one wants to re-shovel the end of the driveway too many times in one day. Everyone was thankful for those who take their time to clear roads before they can get home to take care of their own snow removal.

Monday morning brought blue skies and sunshine along with the Iron Mountain High School Jazz Band. A snow storm or school delay did not deter these students. Thanks to their dedication, permission from school administration and Music Director Craig Recla, they came ready to play for the Golden K.

Selections such as “Green Onions” or “Swing Avenue” had the seniors wondering if these teenagers know that kind of music. Continuing on with “Moon Dance,” “Charlie Browns Christmas” a whimsical musical and closing with an intense version of “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” it was obvious. No matter the era of music they play — these students can handle it. Their performance always receives a standing ovation from the Golden K seniors who have been privileged to hear them.

Whether is was a solo, full group or instrumental, each student gave his/her part of the performance their best effort. Watch for their upcoming Christmas concerts Dec. 13.

The public is invited to enjoy the newly improved auditorium, while they listen to some very talented young people who bring pride to this community, school and their families through their music.

The Golden K members were reminded of the Christmas Party scheduled for Dec. 16 for the special needs children. Members are asked to come around 8:30 a.m. to begin preparing for the party, which is set to begin at 11 a.m. Ron Jouppi is taking reservations for the GK seniors party in the evening of Dec. 16.

Leroy Lindstrom got an early Christmas present with his winnings from the 50-50 drawing. Happy Dollars reflected kudos for the snow plows and the Packers, but what happened to the Lions? Happy Birthday was acknowledge for Bob Bowman, Dec. 1 and Phyllis Galeazzi, Dec. 7.

The Monday GK meeting will feature the Kingsford Chorale. If you want to hear some Christmas music and share a cup of coffee, you are welcomed to the GK meeting.

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