The past week has been a whirlwind for the KAHS Band. Following their Winter Concert the week before, on Tuesday, March 19, the band sent 11 events to Section/State Solo & Ensemble Contest at St. John’s Prep. All 11 events received state ratings with 8 superiors (the top rating possible) and 3 excellents. Those earning State Superior were: Caitlin Carr - violin solo; Austin Roerick - trumpet solo; Andi Schiefelbein - clarinet solo; Shelby Schiefelbein - clarinet solo; Miranda Albert - flute solo; Tessa Mackereth - flute solo; Andi and Shelby Schiefelbein - clarinet duet; and Alexis Rose and Lauren Libbesmeier - saxophone duet. Those earning State Excellent were: Ashlee Alrich - tenor sax solo; Tessa Mackereth, Miranda Albert and Haley Schiefelbein - flute trio; and Austin Roerick, Cameron Hunt and Luke Merten - trumpet trio.
Then, after a day of rehearsing/packing, the band departed on a trip to Chicago Thursday, March 21, through Sunday, March 24. The band had a packed schedule which included a performance clinic at the Vandercook College of Music, and a stellar performance at the Field Museum of Natural History. Also, the band saw a performance of the Broadway show Jekyl & Hyde, and went to Comedy Sports, Medieval Times, The Museum of Science and Industry, China Town, the Shedd Aquarium, the Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier and the Willis Tower. The band also blew off some steam at the Kalahari water park on the way home. The band performed well, and had a great educational travel experience.
I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the band students for a truly wonderful trip. The students proved that a group of teenagers can be respectful, responsible, open-minded, uncomplaining, and tolerant of change and still have a great time! The KAHS Band conducted themselves in this fashion and represented our Kimball community in a way that made me, the chaperons and, hopefully, the entire community proud.