Band, choir advance to State Music Festival

The Skyline High School band and choir have both competed and performed many times for the school year. 

On March 8, band and choir both traveled to League Music Festival held in Norwich. The band performed two songs, “Rough Riders” and “Symphonic Journey.” The pieces received straight ones. The choir sang “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind” and “Go Ye into All the World” and those received straight twos. There were also students who performed solos as well as ensembles that day. 

“We did good at League, but I wouldn’t say exceptional,” band and choir instructor Bob Lee said. “We like to look at League as a stepping stone for Regionals.”

The band and choir both traveled to Larned on April 2 to compete in the KSHSAA Regional Solo and Ensemble to try and advance to State. Band and choir combined had a total of 30 entries at Regionals. Forty-five people went, which was 40 percent of the high school that participated. Twelve of those 30 entries qualified for State. 

The soloist who qualified were senior Betsy Giles on Flute and junior Brynn McKennon on Trumpet.

Vocal soloist were seniors Briana Neifert and Miranda Ghumm, juniors Ashley Niblett and Trent Adams, sophomores Carson Lee and Jade Downs and freshman Cassidy Corbet. 

The Trumpet Ensemble of freshmen Adison Hampton, Cassidy Corbet and Dalton Kenworthy, sophomores Hallee Burgardt and Joshua Nelson and junior Brynn McKennon also qualified for State.

 The Trombone Ensemble of senior Bailey DeClue, juniors Matthew Giles and Jared Shriver, sophomore Corbin Keeling, and freshman  Kayla Flora also qualified for State. 

Lastly, the all senior Flute Quartet of Betsy Giles, Miranda Ghumm, Briana Neifert and Payje Orler made it to State for the fourth time. 

“I feel accomplished and excited to be going to State for the fourth time in high school,” Neifert said. “We are very self-sufficient and hardworking, so it’s nice to see all of our hard work pay off.”

The students who qualified for State individually and in ensembles will perform on April 23 in Salina.

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