TICONDEROGA - More cow bell!
There was plenty of cow bell as the Ticonderoga High School music department presented its annual Pops Concert March 31.
A highlight of the performance was the Sentinel Big Band's production of the rock classic Low Rider that featured - that's right - plenty of cow bell.
"More cow bell" is a pop culture catchphrase derived from a Saturday Night Live comedy sketch fictionalizing the recording of the song (Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult. The sketch featured guest host Christopher Walken as fictional music producer Bruce Dickinson and Will Ferrell, who wrote the sketch, as fictional cow bell player Gene Frenkle.
Dickinson pleads for "more cow bell" in the recording. Frenkle's exuberance in following this advice causes him to bump into his bandmates as he dances around the cramped studio, thrusting his pelvis wildly in all directions.
It was Jon Ferguson who provided the cow bell at Ti High, dancing through the band and into the audience as he kept beat with the music.
Nearly half the Ti High student body took part in the concert, according to Principal Mike Graney, who welcomed the full house.
Nelson Shapiro, music teacher, directed the Sentinel Big Band, the Ti High band, the Night Shadows men's choir and the high school chorus.
The Sentinel Big Band featured Ferguson, Keeley Andrushko, Michael Barber, Rebecca Barber, Alaina Bevilacqua, Christopher Burns, Jeffrey Burns, Ben Chapman, Riley Chapman, Anthony Costello, Ashley Costello, Kevin Densmore, Hannah Herbst, Brittany Holt, Alex LaFrance, Nathan Lenhart, Brittney Lynch, Kaley Manning, Karney Manning, Katelyn Mercer, Alex Moser, Anthony Priest, Victoria Walters, Marcus Moser and Dale Quesnel.
Joining them in the Ti High band were Randolph Bevins, James Cook, Jacob Crowe, Kelly Dunn, Michael Fuller, Paige Hughes, Joe Johns, Corey King, Adam Losher, Mara McLaughlin, Jordan Millington, Matt Nolan, Carly Oinkowski, Sean Smith, Harley Trudeau, Sierra Woodard, Anita Zhang and Allen Zhang.
The Night Shadows included Michael Barber, Randoplph Bevins, Christopher Burns, Jeffrey Burns, Todd Carr, Ethan Carroll, Ben Chapman, Riley Chapman, Jon Ferguson, Joseph Gonyeau, Jonathyn Granger, Alex LaFrance, Nathan Lenhart, Patrick Lonergan, Karney Manning, Alex Moser, Dylan Overbeek, Tyler Tucker, Kody Whitford and Jordan Woods.
Joining them in the Ti High chorus were Keeley Andrushko, Joseph Ashe, Bryant Austin, Jocelyn Barber, Rebecca Barber, Luke Bartlett, Hayley Best, Carey Bevins, Derek Bevins, Zachary Blanchette, Chelsea Budwick, Megan Campney, Amanda Charlton, Michaela Connors, Anthony Costello, Ashley Costello, Jacob Crowe, Miranda Davis;
Taylor Denno, Kevin Densmore, Samantha Forkas, Tylor Frazier, Alyssa Fuller, Jordan Fuller, Adam Geiser, Bryana Goetsch, Jaelyn Granger, Linnaea Griffin, Haley Harris, Cody Henthorn, Hannah Herbst, Miranda Holman, Brittany Holt, Paige Hughes, Francis Jebb, Shannen Kelly, Brittney Lynch;
Kaley Manning, Katelyn Mercer, Alycia Moore, Marissa Morse, Megan Moser, Brooke Nadeau, Emilee Namer, Katherine Palandrani, Jamie Patchett, Jesse Perkins, Anthony Priest, Jordan Quesnel, Alyssa Rodriguez, Joshua Ross, Nicole Ruggiero, Logan Schryer, Megan Scuderi, Courtney Shaner, Tabitha Taylor, Marlie teRiele, Sarah teRiele;
William terSteege, Amelia Towne, Abbie Troche, Harley Trudeau, Isaac Trudeau, Nicole Trudeau, Karissa Tucker, Victoria Walters, Taylor Ward, Ryann Wiktorko, Tia Winchell, Sierra Woodard and Tanner Wright.