HHS band, choral students compete at festival

Hillsboro High School was among the 20 schools in the area to participate in the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) Regional Music Festival Saturday, April 1.

Tabor College once again provided the site for the competition.

More than 800 students from the 20 schools throughout the area participated in solos, small groups and ensembles.

Several Hillsboro High School students received ?I? and ?II? ratings for their performances.

Band students receiving ?I? ratings included Caleb Dirks, alto saxophone; Hannah Forsythe, clarinet; Dustin Friesen, french horn; Brad Just, trombone; Peter Richert, trombone; and the trumpet ensemble of Garrett Call, Wade Sorensen, Jordan Woelk, Trista Hanley, Angie Claassen, Andy Unger, Drew Cederberg and Shawn Hughbanks.

Band students receiving ratings of ?II? were Angie Claassen, trumpet; Chelsey D?Albini, flute; Rebecca Enns, clarinet; Mike Penner, tenor saxophone; and Mandy Ratzloff, flute. The flute sextet, clarinet quartet, low brass ensemble and percussion quartet also received ?II? ratings.

Choral students receiving ?I? ratings were Heidi Friesen, Brad Just, Scott Issac, Garrett Call, Jon Regier, Chelsey D?Albini, Carson Greenhaw and Nick Unruh. Spirit ?n Celebration, the girls and boys ensembles also received ?I? ratings.

A ?I? rating qualified the students for state.

Receiving ?II? ratings were Sara Berg, Elise Matz, Jennifer Walker, Melanie Sullivan, Aislinn Conrad, Mikosa Munguya, Peter Richert, Alan Yoder, Brandan Ratzlaff, Mandy Ratzloff and Kyle Bartel.

Tabor has hosted the event since the early 1990s. Brad Vogel, assistant professor of choral music, is in his second year of serving as festival manager.

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