This weekend The 17 will present a concert of Lyle Stutzman’s compositions and arrangements, conducted by Lyle himself.  The repertoire will consist of songs from the above list.  If there is one you’d really like to hear, please let us know.  For more information visit Blue Sky Music’s website or Facebook page.   Sunday, December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. Calvary Mennonite Fellowship 280 Pleasant Valley Rd. East Earl, PA ...

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The 17 Present a Concert of Lyle Stutzman’s Compositions and Arrangements

Last summer while Lyle and Maria and their children were staying at our house for a convention and wedding, Jeff and I suggested to them that we get a group together to record his a cappella pieces for his new website, Blue Sky Music.  Human voices are so much better than a midi file!  Lyle said he would come conduct if we got a group together.  The result is “The 17”.   Since we will be recording on Saturday and will all be together anyway, we figured we might as well have a concert Sunday afternoon.  There are also rumors of a Saturday evening flash mob.  Stay posted for more information on that one.  🙂  -Deana and Jeff Swanson The 17 Soprano – Sierra Herr, Lisa Martin, Katherine Mullet, Cari Nolt, Louisa Seapy Alto – Rosalie Beiler, Laura Conley, Deana Swanson, Esther Swartzentruber Tenor – Chuck Burkholder, Dan Miller, Jesse Weaver, Derrick Yoder Bass – Lavelle Beiler, John Strickler, Jeff Swanson, Linden Wadel...

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Many Hands Make Light Work

We do eat well at orchestra camp.  Thus, there are over one hundred dishes, glasses, and numerous forks, knives and spoons which need washing three times a day.  Volunteering for kitchen duty is not just a privilege, it is actually fun.  ...

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Woodwind Art Thingy

During the concert, the winds and brass play a few pieces by themselves while the strings (violins, etc.) take a break; then the strings play a few selections while the winds and brass take a break.   This is what some of the woodwind players decided to do on their break.  Instruments left to right are as follows:  3 flutes, 2 clarinets, 1 bassoon, 2 oboes, an alto saxophone, and another flute....

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Three Clarinets, Two French Horns, One Baritone, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

While we always see many pictures of the beautiful string instruments, the other one-third of the orchestra is important as well.  From front to back are the oboes, flutes, clarinets, and trumpets.   Here are a bassoon and two trombones. And to the right of them are the baritone and tubas.   The Anabaptist Orchestra also has a tenor saxophone, an alto saxophone, two French horns, and a partridge in a pear tree. Just kidding– and a percussionist standing in the...

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Virginia Instrumentalists Win Most Creative Pose

It wasn’t actually a contest, but after we take our group picture at the Anabaptist Orchestra Camp, we encourage small groups to get their pictures taken so that we can share them throughout the year here on the AOC website blog.  This year the Virginia group was most creative, so I unofficially gave them the “Most Creative” award, which they much deserve.  Thank you, Sarah Mills, Rebekah Mills, Grace Mills, Faith Showalter, and Fonda Showalter for your smiles and laughs....

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