Spooky Halloween theme highlights Symphonic Wind Ensemble Oct. 29

A spooky, costumed Halloween concert, complete with trick-or-treating for kids young and older, will be presented Sunday, Oct. 29, by the Ripon College Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the College.

The event will include a viewing of the world’s first horror movie, “The Haunted Castle” (1896). This short feature is more comical than frightening for today’s audiences, but concerned parents of younger children can pre-screen the movie online by searching “haunted castle 1896.”

The fun event will begin at 3:15 p.m. in Demmer Recital Hall, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts. It is free and open to the public, and members of the audience are invited to wear family-appropriate costumes.

The director, Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Tobin Shucha, will lead the ensemble in “spooky” works: “Mars” from “The Planets, by Gustav Holst; a medley from “The Phantom of the Opera,” by Andrew Lloyd Webber; “Hocus Pocus,” by James Syler; “Incantation and Dance,” by John Barnes Chance; and “Tight Squeeze,” by Alex Shapiro.

Members of the ensemble, which include both college students and community members, include:

Flute: Ben Cabala ’24, DeForest Wisconsin; Sam Campbell ’26, Columbus, Wisconsin; Glira De Asis ’26, Ripon, Wisconsin; Tia Endrizzi ’25, La Crosse, Wisconsin; Ashlynn Erickson ’27, Elk River, Minnesota; Meredith Thiessen ’26, Stoughton, Wisconsin.

Oboe: Tasi Sanchez, Berlin, Wisconsin, a high school student; Laura Zittlow ’27, Brussels, Wisconsin.

Bassoon: Beth Mohr, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; Ricardo Puente Romo, Ripon, Wisconsin.

Clarinet: Meredith Clark, Green Lake, Wisconsin, a high school student; Nadia Konesko ’27, Union Grove, Wisconsin; Megan Landvatter ’25, West Bend, Wisconsin; Ty Rondestvedt ’25, Altoona, Wisconsin; Kira Stark ’24, Morrisonville, Wisconsin.

Bass Clarinet: Emilia Mans ’24, Princeton, Wisconsin.

Alto Saxophone: Ellen Hughes Raymond ’19, Ripon, Wisconsin; Alec Marcinkevic ’26, East Troy, Wisconsin; Morgan Sullivan ’25, Kimberly, Wisconsin.

Tenor Saxophone: Mitchell Lipinski ’24, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Baritone Saxophone: Megan Steffes ’24, Sherwood, Wisconsin.

Trumpet: Grace Blakeslee ’26, Green Bay, Wisconsin; Robert Booty, Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Mattox Lo, Green Lake, Wisconsin, a high school student; Ruth Roltgen ’25, Brandon, Wisconsin; Avery Sprader, Ripon, Wisconsin.

French Horn: Juan Gatica ’26, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

Trombone: Matthew Buchholz ’27, Jefferson, Wisconsin; Haileey Pick ’25, Kingwood, Texas; Tricia Walheim, Ripon, Wisconsin.

Euphonium: Emily Byington ’25, Waukesha, Wisconsin; Kate Shucha ’26, Waunakee, Wisconsin.

Tuba: Brittny Brown ’21, Ripon, Wisconsin; Evan Jensen ’24, Janesville, Wisconsin; Nick Retzlaff, Ripon, Wisconsin.

Electric Bass: Sam Campbell ’26, Columbus, Wisconsin.

Percussion: Sam Erickson, Ripon, Wisconsin; Erin Evans ’27, Madison, Wisconsin; Jahquan Hamilton ’27, Chicago, Illinois; Chris Johnson, Ripon, Wisconsin; Larry Moua, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; Paul Thompson, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; a Ripon music faculty member.

(Photo: Tobin Shucha)


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