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Regis band to perform at December events
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Members of Voices Beyond Gravity are from Regis High School.
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Members of Voices Beyond Gravity are from Regis High School.

STAYTON — The Regis High School band will perform at the Sublimity Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in front of the Sublimity Fire Department.

The band, called Voices Beyond Gravity, also will perform for a community fundraising event at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at the historic Brown House in Stayton. It’s the band’s fourth year and it's seeing growth both in student membership and increased community interest.

Karolina and Karol Fromont, campus ministers and band leaders, arrived in the United States from Poland in 2010. Then-principal Doug Ierardi sought assistance in weekly school masses and school retreats, “We have an opening for someone with skills in liturgy and music,” he said. So, the couple came to Regis.

“I remember when we came here, there were two senior students who were really in distress," said Karolina. "They thought there would be no more music at Regis." The music teacher, Ed Coney, had just died. But the Fromonts appeared and began by doing music for school Masses. Things grew from there.

Voices Beyond Gravity — often called VGB for short — was established in 2010. It's a school band with vocalists, a pianist, drummer, guitarist and Karolina as music director.
“Whatever I hoped for, I found in those students,” Karolina says.

Voices Beyond Gravity is growing. Karolina credits the music program at St. Mary School, the local K-8 school that sends many students to Regis. Karolina says the arrival of Rachel Clark as new teacher as created "an explosion of music."

VBG is becoming better-known in the community, as well. Band singer Ally Bochsler was selected to sing the national anthem on Sept. 11 at a Salem commemoration of the 2001 attacks and a celebration of local first responders.   

"Ally is a leader in Voices Beyond Gravity and so willing to share her amazing musical talent with others. I couldn't be more proud," says Joni Gilles, Regis principal.

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