HOPL mass band was held at Pretty Prairie on November 8. A total of 46 kids went and combined with the other schools in the league. There was a total of 210 musicians.
Mass Band is held every other year, as it alternates with Mass Choir. The band played a total of six songs that night.
“I was super proud of our bands’ leadership throughout the day,” director Bob Lee said. “I thought it was a good performance overall.”
The band arrived at Pretty Prairie at 12:30 p.m. and rehearsed for four hours. There was a meal provided and students got an hour to eat and change into their dress clothes for the concert. The band came back together at 6 p.m. for a final rehearsal.
“Playing with a band that size helps you listen to all the other sections,” junior Joshua Nelson said. “It also helped with patience, having a group that size.”
The concert started at 7 p.m. and lasted about thirty minutes.
“It was interesting to get to watch my students who I teach every day learn from someone else,” Lee said. “You always pick up on new things by watching.”
Shawn Knopp was the director for the day. Knopp is the band instructor at Tabor College in Hillsboro. He transferred there after teaching band at Smoky Valley in Lindsborg for 11 years.