A graduate of Newfane High School made an appearance at his alma mater this week as he performed with the U.S. Military Academy’s West Point Glee Club.
Kelsey Wohleben, a senior at West Point, graduated from NHS in 2013. While a student there, he participated in the chorus and vocal jazz ensembles and was also involved in shows at the Historic Palace Theatre.
The West Point Glee Club put on two shows at the Palace on Saturday and Wohleben helped coordinate a special performance for high school students in Newfane on Friday.
Part of the Glee Club’s agenda as the cadets travel the country giving concerts is community outreach, according to Wohleben.
“We want to show high schoolers that there’s nothing they can’t do,” he said.
On stage at Newfane Middle School, the Glee Club presented an abbreviated version of its standard show, which includes classical pieces and classic military songs, as well as a few smaller group performances.
Wohleben, a baritone, has been involved with the West Point Glee Club for all of his four years at West Point. An operation research engineering major, he is on track to graduate in May. He’ll have 60 days off before beginning two years of flight school in Alabama. He’s aiming to be an aviation pilot.
Wohleben is the son of Lockport Common Council President David Wohleben, who served 32 years of active duty in the Air Force.