Fun time at JamboreeFriday, January 14, 2011 By Danita Douglas
By DANITA DOUGLAS Staff writer Everyone had fun at the 2010 Yukon Jamboree. There were people dancing, kids running around, music playing, and we had a very special guest speaker - Gary Simple, father of GILA students Gabriel and Emma Simple. The jamboree was Oct. 1-2 in the Sidney C. Huntington School gymnasium. The jamboree is an annual event in Galena. Simple, from Venetie, talked about how he was supposed to come to the Yukon Jamboree in 2009, but he got sick before jamboree that year. He sang songs that a lot of people enjoyed and fiddle danced to. Simple said, "Praise the LORD, I’m here, yeah?" There was a crowd of people cheering every time he spoke. Simple was glad to be here and participate this year. There were a total of 10 groups playing in this year’s 2010 Yukon Jamboree and each group played many beautiful songs. The groups which performed were "Three Quarter Silk," "Koyukuk Band" "Paint the town," "The AK-3," "Yukon Thunder," "Huslia," "Cat gut and The RIVER BILLIES," "Huslia 2," "Galena Band," and "Brother Gary Simple." Three Quarter Silk included GILA student Brionna Strange, who played the flute and vocals; Galena student Kaylin Kopp on the bass, piano and vocals, GILA student Kyle Kruger played piano, drums and vocals, Tisha Van Diest played the guitar and vocals and former student Tyler Martin played the drums. They played and sang "Down on the corner," "Stand by me," and "Wild thing." The making of the Koyukuk Band were "Franklin Dayton," "Paddy Nollner," "William Ambrose" and" "Jenny Pelkola." As the bands played their songs and instruments, people danced but not as much as the second day. The dancing floor was full of young adults, elders, children and high schoolers of the GILA and SHS schools.