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.