SHERMAN - We were blest last Tuesday and Thursday when we attended the junior high and high school spring concerts at Sherman Central School.
The various choirs and bands that preformed. It was quickly recognized that the choir director Sally Carr and Band Director Andrew Minton had done very well training and leading the students. They highly praised the students for their diligence, working hard to prepare for the concerts. They also expressed their thanks to the teachers and community they supported the school in such a great way.
Minton introduced two senior college students, Catherine Ayers and Steven Celanese, who have been practice teaching for several months. Ayers directed several choir songs in the choir and Reineke directed several band renditions. They also participated singing or playing instrumental pieces with the youth.
There were also two thing different things that took place this year which had been added to the program including a new "More Cowbell! (Jazz Band)," that was created and conducted by a college student. It sounded like it was a real hit and Minton said it would continue next year. Carr and five students introduced the Boomwackers. The group sat on the stage using recorders to present "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." I think it must be seen to understand how it works. It too was a hit that will hopefully be repeated next year.
Probably the highlight and most applauded event of the evening was when senior Amy Sands asked retiring Superintendent Tom Schmidt to stand. She expressed the love all the students had for him and that they would miss him very much. Then Minton announced Schmidt would conduct the first band number entitled "Washington Post March." Everyone applauded loudly and some expressed their appreciation in other calls and such. It was evident the community, as well as the students, appreciated Schmidt's years serving Sherman and everyone will miss him a lot.
I enjoyed the concert, especially the march because band marching songs have always been special to me every since I was a youngster and played in the band in Mayville school.
Our sympathy and prayers go out to the family and friends of the late Florence Aldrich who went to her Heavenly home recently. She was born in Sherman and lived here for many years until as an older lady she moved to Florida. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church and was 96 years old.
Happy birthday greetings
May 17: Robert Bennett, Katrina Freligh, Nicole Ohlsson, John Tallman
May 18: Hunter Jackson Courtney, Cole Nickerson, Eric Tenpas
May 19: Fred Croscut, Tyler Fortune, Trenton Krenzer
May 20: Gary DeLellis Sr., Marisa Rogers
May 22: Helen Butler, Taylor Vincent Nicholson, Karol Lynne Starvaggi
May 23: Ariel Michele Breads, Steve Rater
Happy anniversary greetings
May 17: Gary and Sue Nelson
May 18: David and Lydianne Hostetler
May 20: Steve and Debbie Tower
May 21: Perry Todd and Sue Dewey, Douglas and Susie Hayes
May 22: Howard and Donna Cady, Dustin and Brianne LeRoe