Band, choir perform at state large group competition

The SHS music department had a busy week competing at the State Music Festival for Large Groups.

Choir performed their numbers, “Rise Up, My Love” and “Ye Followers of the Lamb.”

“I expected the judges to be hard on us,” sophomore Brenna Dolezal said. “I just hoped for ones,”

The choir sang at the First Southern Baptist Church and the band played later that day at Liberty Middle School.

The band and choir had been working since Christmas break on two selections each to get them ready for this contest. Both groups received I ratings.

The band played “Alamo” and “Chant and Jubilo.” One piece was a march and the other a classic piece.

“‘Alamo’ is my favorite because marches are fun to play,” sophomore Corey Crouch said. “I was excited to get to play in front of the judges and show off how awesome our band is.”

These songs were also sang and played at the League Music Festival in Cunningham.Yesterday at large groups, the band received three straight I’s and choir got two II’s and a I.

“Though we work to perform our best at each concert, going to an event like this really allows the groups to dig deep into these selections and push themselves to become the player or singer that they can be,” band and choir director Bob Lee said. “It also gives the students the opportunity to participate in a teamwork setting and understand how they rely on others and others rely on them.”

Both departments will get another opportunity to showcase their talents at the State Solo and Ensemble competition held at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina on April 28 and at the Spring Concert, May 14.

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