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Music Classes and Activities

NHS Band

The NHS Band is an excellent group of musicians that rehearses each day in preparation for various performances throughout the year. The NHS Concert Band performs at 4 concerts, the WSMA Concert Festival and graduation each year. It has earned Excellent (I) ratings at the WSMA Large Group Festival 21 of the past 22 years. The NHS Marching Tigers perform at the Bayfield Apple Festival Parade, the KBJR Christmas City of the North Parade and the NHS Homecoming Game each fall. The NHS Pep Band performs at all home football games and most home basketball games (the NHS D.J.Club provide musical entertainment at some games). The NHS Pep Band has traveled various times to support the Boys Football, Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball teams. The students work hard to be an excellent example of Northwestern High School.

NHS Concert Choir

The Northwestern High School Concert Choir is an outstanding group of musicians that rehearses daily for 45 minutes and performs on the four NHS concerts throughout the year as well as at concert festivals and our graduation ceremonies. Known for high achievement, the NHS Concert Choir has consistently received I (Excellent) ratings performing Class A literature at WSMA Concert Festivals. While most members sang in the middle school choirs, prior membership is not required. The concert choir has toured locally and has been part of extended tours to Florida, New York, Hollywood, the Bahamas, and most recently in 2016, Washington DC. The choir's next major concert tour will take place in 2019.

Chamber Singers

Chamber Singer members are members of the Concert Choir who rehearse at various times. The group sings challenging music for a small ensemble. They perform at several concerts and community functions throughout the district, and they participate in the spring Solo and Ensemble competition. This (mostly) acappella ensemble sings anything from medieval chant to vocal jazz!

NHS Jazz Ensemble

The NHS Jazz Ensemble rehearses during the school day in preparations for their performances. They perform at the NHS Java Jive and the NHS Coffee House Concert each school year. The focus of the NHS Jazz Ensemble is to learn the swing style associated with big bands led by jazz greats Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

Tiger Beat - NHS Show Choir

Tiger Beat, the NHS Show Choir is an auditioned group formed from the concert choir. The ensemble performs mostly pop and show tunes and adds choreography. Practices are scheduled both during the school day and after school. The group performs at various concerts throughout the year and for different community functions and performs at the spring Solo and Ensemble competition. Often, a rhythm section of piano, drums, electric guitar and bass guitar are used to accompany the group.

Musical

The NHS Musical is a co-curricular activity which involves many students at NHS. There are stage performers, stage crew members, light and sound crew, and the pit band. Much time before and after school is spent to make this activity a great success. Recent productions include: The Wizard of Oz, Back to the 80s, Annie, Oliver, Willy Wonka, Cinderella and The King and I. Productions take place in our beautiful facility, the Patricia Luostari Theatre for the Performing Arts.

DJ Club

The NHS DJ Club provides music at high school and middle school dances as well as various athletic events. Any student is welcome to join and be a member of the NHS DJ Club

Color Guard

The NHS Color Guard works to provide a visual accent to the marching bands parade performances. It rehearses before school and is open to any NHS student.


Our Directors

Mr. Goodlet, Choir Director

Michael J. Goodlet is a graduate of Bayfield High School, Bayfield, Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, where he graduated Cum Laude. Mr. Goodlet began teaching in the School District of Maple in 1991. He received his Master's Degree from Saint Mary's University of Winona, Minnesota in 1997. That same year, he was chosen as the School District of Maple Teacher of the Year. In 2000, he was selected as one of only 88 teachers in the state of Wisconsin to receive the Herb Kohl Fellowship Award for excellence in teaching.

In addition to his duties as choir director for both the middle school and high school, Mr. Goodlet directs the annual musical and is assistant coach for drama and forensics. He is also the choir director at First United Methodist Church (Coppertop) in Duluth, Minnesota.

Mr. Hintzman, Band Director

Mr. Michael Hintzman has been the director of bands at Northwestern High School since 1994. A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Mr. Hintzman graduated from Tremper High School in 1988. He earned a Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification in Instrumental Music in 1993 from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. In 2004 he earned his Masters of Music Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth Campus.

After substitute teaching in the West Allis/West Milwaukee School District for one year, Mr. Hintzman was hired as the 7-12 Band Director for the School District of Maple in the fall of 1994. Mr. Hintzman has been a member of the National Band Association, Wisconsin Music Educators National Conference and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and has performed on saxophone with the Twin Ports Wind Orchestra and Big Woods Big Band. He lives in Superior, WI, with his wife Crystal and two children, Elise and Benjamin.

Faculty

Mr. Michael Hintzman, Band Director mhintzman@nw-tigers.org
   Northwestern Bands Website
Mr. Michael Goodlet, Choir Director mgoodlet@nw-tigers.org
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Michael Hintzman,
Nov 18, 2014, 9:26 AM