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Windjammers take the stage

by: Vern Uyetake, 
The Windjammers ensemble performs a haunting a cappella version of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields.”

The Lake Oswego High School Windjammers are ready. After a year of preparation - carefully selecting songs and costumes, choreographing dance, putting together the programs and the list goes one - the students are ready to show off the wide variety of their talent.

The Windjammer Extravaganza features 10 group songs as well as a handful of ensembles.

'We try to get as many kids involved as possible. There are no solos this year, but there are a few duets and trios instead,' said choir director Liz Serra. 'I think it should feature the majority of the students and not just be a talent show.'

The students helped Serra select the songs through a voting process.

The program includes a capella arrangements, songs from The Beatles and other classic artists as well as contemporary favorites.

Senior girls belt out their hearts in a dramatic song on 'You Don't Own Me.' And all of the guys bring some comic relief with 'Manly Men,' a song about the guys in choir.

'The show really appeals to a wide range of people,' said senior Josh Cohen.

'The class has helped us work on our vocal technique and taught us how to blend together,' said senior Lyndsay Dean, who will attend college in the fall with a music scholarship. 'You really learn how to put on a show.'

'You learn a lot about group dynamics,' said Cohen. 'That's the most rewarding part.'

The Windjammers perform at four major concerts through the year and make a variety of appearances at holiday parties, retirement homes or other venues.