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Thunderhorse, Ellis Gage: Independent Performance Finals
Thunderhorse, Ellis Gage: Independent Performance Finals

On Monday evening May 15 and Tuesday evening, May 16, St. Markers in the Independent Performance Studio music program at St. Mark's presented concerts to appreciative SM audiences for their final projects.

Over the two nights, the SM Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 hall echoed with some terrific music.

Thunderhorse, a rock band featuring Sixth Formers Shep Greene, Steven Landry, George Littlefield and Cole Schmitz (see photo at right), along with bassist/coach Jef Charland, gave their final performance for Independent Performance Studio on Monday. They played an excellent and entertaining set , featuring Tom Petty's "Don't Do Me Like That," Modest Mouse's "Float On," Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic," The Cars' "My Best Friend's Girlfriend," the Beatles' "Come Together," and other rock classics like "Runaround Sue," "My Girl," and "Hooked on a Feeling."

On Tuesday, Ellis Gage '17 (left) gave his Independent studio Performance final concert, entitled "Ellis sings Not Theatre Stuff." Ellis wrote brand new arrangements of songs, singing music in completely different styles than they were originally sung when first released. The show was full of popular music (old and new), as well as a few songs rarely heard. He sang a Maroon 5 song like a 60's gospel song, a Shawn Mendes song with a 70's R&B vibe, a Kesha / Rhianna mashup like old time jazz music, and more. It was interesting to hear favorite songs altered as if from a different era in totally different styles, and there were a few surprises. Ellis was accompanied on piano by his coach for the project, Steven Sussman, and on bass by Jef Charland.