WADE FULLERTON
STAFF WRITER

Alma’s Homecoming celebration featured performances by musicians, vocalists and artists.

The weekend boasted events that spotlighted many of Alma’s performance groups, including the Kiltie Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, the Pipe Band and the Kiltie Highland Dancers.

Alma’s nationally renowned Percussion Ensemble and the Pipe Band kicked of Homecoming performances on Friday, Sept. 28.

“Honestly, these concerts are real bangers for everyone involved. This percussion ensemble performance tends to be a popular performance on campus. This is the first opportunity to see the percussion ensemble on stage, and it always leaves an impactful impression on the audience,” said Logan St. John (’19), a percussionist and trombonist.

Following the concert Friday night, there was a community-wide parade on Saturday morning, which brought opportunities to see organizations, sororities, fraternities, and more performance groups.

“I’m looking forward to marching in the parade,” said Ivy VanPoppelen (’20), another percussionist.

Halftime during a home football game might be a break for the players, but for the Kiltie Marching Band,halftime is a performance opportunity.

“My favorite part about the Homecoming weekend is marching on the field. I can’t wait to show the community our show. I find this show very interesting, compared to last year’s show. The idea of taking a unique twist on last year’s show will pay off. I’m sure that the audience will love it,” said VanPopplen. According to VanPopplen, this new show will be more in tune to the marching band’s older shows prior to last year’s show, “Born in Detroit,” which focused on music from the rock band Journey.

Rounding out Homecoming weekend was the Alma College Choir with a concert on Saturday night.

“We’ve put a lot of hard work into the choir concert, so I hope people enjoy it,” said Marina Thornton (’19), a vocalist.

The Homecoming choir concert called back alumni to perform once again with the choir, singing “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory alongside the Alma Mater.

“I have always loved this concert because alumni come back to join the choir and sing, and I get the opportunity to sing with my dad, who’s Alma choir alumni,” said Sam Lindeman (’20).