String Quartet Gig Music

ImageHere  are some good string quartet music arrangements.  If you perform this music in public make sure you give printed credit to all arrangements by Mathew Hindson. Down Load these PDF files on your iPAD and start practicing your parts!


Advanced String Quartet Arrangements – Volume 1


  • Halleluia Chorus – Handel
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
  • Jesu Joy of Our Desiring – J.S. Bach
  • Ave Maria – Gounod
  • Humoresque – Dvorak
  • “Finale” from the Violin Sonatina – Dvorak
  • Nocturne in Eb Major – Chopin
  • “Largo” from Violin Sonata in D Major – Handel
  • The Girl with the Flaxen Hair – Debussy
  • Ride of the Valkyries – Wagner


Advanced String Quartet Music Volume 2


  • “All We Like Sheep” from The Messiah – G. F. Handel
  • “Prelude” from English Suite No. 3 – J. S. Bach
  • Symphony No. 5, Mvt. 1 – L. van Beethoven
  • “Flower Duet” from Lakme – L. Delibes
  • Für Elise – L. van Beethoven
  • Gymnopedie No. 1 – E. Satie
  • Symphony No. 77, Mvt. 4 – J. Haydn
  • “Three Little Maids” from The Mikado – A. Sullivan





TIMES UP Solo and Ensemble Registration and Step-up Instrument Night

If your child has not registered for high school solo and ensemble as of Monday November 28, 2011(tomorrow) he/she will miss the dead line. No late registrations will be accepted. Solo and ensemble is for every child that is performing an instrument at Holland High School. This is the perfect opportunity for them to learn a solo or duet and prepare it for a performance where they will get a critique on the performance by a qualified judge.There are no scales or memorization required at the district level. Most of my students jump up a level going through this process. Students do not need a private teacher to do solo and ensemble. Mr. Bogue and I will help students select appropriate music and assist them in learning the selection. For any students thinking of majoring or minoring in music in college, this is a must do performance. Think of it as a 5 minute lesson with the impact of a 1/2 year development as a musician. It’s a great deal. Performances at the solo and ensemble while “nerve wracking” or “scary” give each student a great dose of putting their talents and hard work on the line for constructive comments – just like the real world. If your child is opting out of solo and ensemble, then they are missing a great opportunity to improve their playing. PLEASE encourage your student to participate in this great event put on by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. Just click  REGISTRATION FORM  and fill out the form then submit the required amount due by TOMORROW to Mr. Reikow or Mr. Bogue.

AND Don’t forget Thursday December 1 at Holland High School Medial center at 7:00PM. We are hosting a seminar on step up instruments along with Meyer Music. There is no obligation to come in and find out all there is to know regarding instruments that may be suitable for your child to progress up to. Meet us in the HHS Media Center between 7-8PM to get informed.

Step up Instrument Night

The Holland High School Instrumental Music Department is putting on a Step Up Instrument night on December 1st at the Holland High School Media Center at 7 – 8PM.
This evening is designed to give a close up look at instruments that are available to assist your students’ growth as a musician.
Perhaps you have had conversations regarding a better instrument or a better component like a wood bow or a different mouth piece with your student. Meyer Music Co. will be on hand to discuss and answer questions as well as provide a close up look at what they have to offer in the way of step up instruments. We will have discussions on how instruments are made and what to look for in buying instruments. This is a great time to find out what you have always wanted to know about instruments and are afraid to ask such as:
· What really is an open-hole flute and does my child need one?
· What makes an instrument better than another?
· Will I have to sell my car to buy a step up instrument for my student?
· What is a carbon fiber bow and is it really what my child needs?
· Does a better instrument make my child more competitive for college auditions?
· What’s’ the difference between silver and brass instruments?
· Is the violin Aunt Martha played in 1924 considered a step up instrument?
· Will Meyer put the money I have paid to rent/buy my child’s instrument into a step up instrument?
· Is this something I could do for my child for the Holidays?
· Can I afford this?
You are not obligated to buy from Meyer Music. This is however a great chance to get some good information on a good opportunity.
Stop by the Holland High School Media Center on December 1, 2011 between 7pm and 8pm to find out more about step up instruments!


John Reikow – Director of Orchestras and Jazz Band
John Bogue – Diretor of Bands

Uniform Time

Dear Parents,

Your son or daughter should be bringing home their concert uniforms over the next couple of weeks.  With our upcoming Holiday concert on November 14th it is important that we all have our concert uniforms ready to go.  Although Holland High provides our students with parts of the uniform, the students are responsible for other articles of clothing.  Listed below are the parts of the uniform that the students have to acquire:

Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra

  • Boys:  White wing tipped tuxedo shirt (can buy at Dunhill tuxedo, JC Penny, Hobby Lobby) black bow tie, black socks, and black dress shoes 
  • Girls:  Black hose and black dress shoes.

If there are any questions or difficulties acquiring pieces for your uniform please contact me at:

Decomposing Details

Decomposers Week

Some things you need to be aware of this week:

Tickets are on sale now.

  • Get your money into Mr. Reikow for your two tickets ASAP.
  • To get more tickets bring your money in to pay for them and you will get them right away.
  • Show 1 is 3/4th sold out, show 2 is ½ way sold out.
  • Cash is prefered but a check to HOPA is fine.
  • There may be a few tickets to be sold at the door.
  • Tickets are $5

Wednesday and Thursday 6:41 AM zero hour (Oct. 26 & 27) – Deco run through

  • Every one in concert, chamber and jazz band needs to be at these rehearsals.
  • Acts that are in costume must have costume on and ready
  • Lines must be memorized by then

Thursday October 27, 2011

  • Be at Holland High School Choir Room at 5:00PM
  • You may dress and get make up at that time
  • 5:30PM wander the halls and greet the audience coming in. kids want to see the costumes.
  • Know when you perform/act and be ready with props, music, instruments etc…
  • You are responsible for your own costumen and props. Mr. Reikow will not be buying anything for your costume or skits.

This Week

  • Every lunch : decomposers actors are to be at the rehearsal room for rehearsal. If you are not, then your part will be given to someone who is there and wants it. Let Mr. Reikow know if you have a conflict.
  • Wednesday after school is decoration day. If you can spend an hour after school helping decorate the auditorium that would be great.
  • We need two parents to help with running the show. If there are some out there that could volunteer help kids get on stage when they are supposed to let Mr Reikow Know.
  • This show is your show and lets make 6:00PM as great as 8:00PM
  • Be prepared to clean up the stage on Friday during class
  • Mr. Reikow’s office is not a storage room. You can stor things in the large practice room. Keep it neat and contained with your name on your stuff.
  • For the show, you need to wear a costume. This can be just about anything you would like. Keep in mind school rules about knives and guns. This is a family show so don’t go over board. Your costume should be comfortable on stage with hot lights.

It’s Decomposers Time


Flash Mob Time!

Its time to flash mob at Decomposers! Everyone needs to get with these dance moves. Even Mr Reikow is working in front of the computer, and scaring his cat as he shuffles.  Have some fun, and tell your parents it’s homework! We will dance at the end of both shows. If you don’t know all the moves it’s no biggie. Lets just have fun.