What makes him so good?
He ain't got no distractions
Can't hear those buzzers and bells
Don't see lights a flashin'
Plays by sense of smell
Always has a replay
Never tilts at all
That deaf dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball.
“Pinball Wizard,” the British rock band The Who, and their 1969 rock opera “Tommy” were uncharted territory for most Holland High orchestra members until they began rehearsing for Café Pops on April 22.
Theme for this year’s casual night of pop classics is “Classic Vinyl,” music from late 1960s to early 1980s.
Think Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Kansas and, of course, The Who.
“Some students knew this music but most of them didn’t,” said John Reikow, orchestra conductor. “They’re definitely getting into it, though -- especially Pinball Wizard. They’re entertaining me by thoroughly enjoying the music of my youth.”
Café Pops will return this year to Christ Memorial Church, a spacious venue where supporters praised the better sound and performance space offered for multiple group performances.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. “nightclub atmosphere” event cost $12 for adults and $5 for students and are available online in advance.
Symphony and concert orchestra members wearing formal concert attire serve guests cheesecake, fruit punch and coffee during the middle act, which features Holland High’s Jazz Band.
“Students love this opportunity to put on the Ritz,” Reikow said.
Café Pops raises funds for orchestra activities throughout the year.
“I’d much rather do something that feels casual, but classy” Reikow said, “than sell cheese, sausage and wrapping paper door to door.”
The orchestras and jazz band’s biggest trip of the year is performing an annual concert at Mission Point Theatre on Mackinac Island in late September.
Spending a weekend away together helps the orchestras develop camaraderie and promote teamwork, Reikow said.
The annual All-City Orchestra Concert begins at 7 p.m. May 11 at Christ Memorial Church. This event features all orchestras that include students in grades 6 to 12, performing in succession.
The event concludes with special recognition for seniors.
Those students are: Clara Bakker (violin), Edgar Cardenas (viola), Evan Deenik (cello), Andrew DeMoss (bass), Casey Klawiter (cello), Brianna Levi-Simpkins (violin), Stephon Raina (violin), Paul Richmond (violin), Edna St. Louis (violin), Raymond Surya (cello), Cindy Vo (violin), Peter Woudenberg (viola), Olivia Zanotti, (violin), Jackie Calzada (violin), Luis Campos-Rojas (violin), Marco Vargas (viola), Anna Appledorn (French horn), Nicole DeMoi (flute), David DeMoss (bassoon), Erick Ramirez (percussion), Daniel Timmerman (oboe), Michael Hendricks (trombone), Nicholas Guisinger (saxophone) and Jordan Ferguson (trumpet).
All 175 members of the concert, symphony and chamber orchestras will perform “Pomp and Circumstance” and other selected music during graduation ceremonies at June 1 at DeVos Fieldhouse.
Uniforms are to be turned in immediately following commencement, Reikow said.