The Bear Facts ... September 30, 2006

Good morning, Algona! I'm Shane Koob!

And I'm Lee Brashear! Welcome once again to the "Bear Facts", your weekly radio update from Bishop Garrigan High School.

The big focus this week is on music. Today is Algona Band Day, and Bishop Garrigan's Solid Gold Marching Band will be part of both the parade and field competitions. The band's competition show this year is called Blues in the Night. The show opens with "C.C. Rider", followed by the Blues Brothers theme "Soul Man". "House of the Rising Sun" features trombone soloist Dylan Freking, and "C Minor Miner" is a flag and percussion feature. The show concludes with the Woody Herman classic "Blues in the Night", featuring trumpet soloist Garrison Brosnan. Senior Rachel Byrkeland is this year's marching band field commander. Dennis Freking directs the band, and the flags were choreographed by Rona Loss and Mary Ann Brosnan. We wish good luck on band day to our own Solid Gold Marching Band.

Also coming up is Catholic Choral Day. Every year all the choirs from Catholic schools around the Sioux City Diocese get together on the first Wednesday in October. They spend the day practicing under the supervision of a guest director and then present a concert in the evening. This year's Catholic Choral Festival is at Sioux City Heelan, and while no one is really looking forward to the long trip over there, once everyone is there it should be a good time.

Fourteen choir members and two band musicians from Garrigan are auditioning for this year's All-State Music Festival. The all-state choir auditioners are Ashli Krieps, Rebecca Brosnan, Kendra Plathe, Jenna Richter, Krissy Kohlhaas, and Cindy Arndorfer; as well as Ben Hellman, Chris Hansen, yours truly-Shane Koob, Alec Boeckholt, Sam Norland, Brittany Berte, Beth Kollasch, and Emily Reising. Trying out for all-state ban are Joanna and Dylan Freking. All-state auditions will be October 21st in Storm Lake, with the all-state festival scheduled in mid-November. Good luck to all the students trying out for all-state!

The cast has been set for Garrigan's biannual Madrigal dinner, which will take place December 16 and 17. With the dinner, the music department will be presenting a presentation called The Sorry-Tellers. Rachel Byrkeland will be the jester, while Garrison Brosnan will be the Mertonshire Lord of Mis-Rule. Chris Loebach stars as Sylvester, Jenna Richter is Sylvania, Michelle Kollasch plays Sylvia, and Holly Byrkeland has the role of Cyril. Dylan Freking will be the town crier, Chris Kellner and Brittany Berte are guards, and Brent Kajewski is the stage manager. The roles of wenches will be played by Meghan Mayer and Brittney Stone, while Rebeccah Erdman and Cassie Reising will be beggars. Everyone will be working hard between now and mid-December getting ready for madrigal.

The music department would like to remind people that they are still accepting cans and bottles. With fewer and fewer places willing to do recycling, this is a big service for you as well as a money maker for our band and choir. They are working on a permanent place to accept drop-offs. Until one is established, you can bring your deposit containers to the Garrigan band room.

While the choir is gone for the Catholic Choral Festival next Wednesday, the BGHS student council will head over to Sexton for their semi-annual Adopt-a-Highway project. Garrigan has been cleaning up the stretch of highway 18 on either side of Sexton for the past fourteen years. That's one of the longest continuous adopt-a-highway projects in Iowa, and last year Governor Vilsack issued a special citation to the school thanking us for our long-term service.

Several of Garrigan's Christian Leadership in Action students are preparing for another service project. Next weekend around fifty Garrigan students will be participating in the CROP Walk to raise money to fight hunger both here and around the world. Mr. Rob Meister organizes the group, and they'll be walking next Sunday, October 8. You can help out by pledging donations to the students doing the walk.

Our Senior Spotlight this week shines on Rachel Byrkeland. Here to tell you about her is the Cindy Reding.

Rachel Byrkeland is an Algona native who keeps busy with volleyball, speech, band, quiz bowl, Christian Leadership, madrigal, and the "Bear Facts". We chose to feature Rachel this week because she'll be in charge tonight when the band takes the field, since she's field commander of the Solid Gold Marching Band. Rachel says that outside of school her favorite activity is sleeping. She's planning to sleep and go to college after graduating, and we wish her all the best.

Thanks, Cindy! On our Golden Bear calendar this week, today is Algona Band Day. The parade begins at 1:00. Seton Middle School is the fifth band in the parade, and BGHS is the 18th band in line.

The field competition will be at the Algona High field tonight. Garrigan will perform at 7:15 this evening. 

Monday the sophomores will have a meeting to learn about class rings. That night the football with St. Edmond, with the freshmen at home and the JV in Ft. Dodge.

Tuesday the cross-country team runs at Eagle Grove. Also that night the volleyball team hosts Algona High. Wednesday the choir travels to Sioux City for Catholic Choral Day, and the student council will do Adopt-a-Highway in Sexton.

Thursday there's a "Kossuth Connections" meeting. That night the volleyball team plays in Hampton. Next Friday we'll have First Friday adoration in the Garrigan chapel, and that night the football team plays at Northwood-Kensett. Finally next Saturday is the state marching band contest in Ft. Dodge.

That's the "Bear Facts" for Band Day. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to tune in next week for our 599th episode of the news from Bishop Garrigan High School.

You stay classy, Kossuth County!

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