Goessel High School musicians feted at state music festivals

Goessel High School musicians went to Ellsworth for the state large-group festival and brought home “Superior” ratings for every group they entered.

The band was one of only three that received the top rating from all three adjudicators. The Mixed Choir also received the top rating from all three adjudicators and the Girls Glee and Boys Glee received overall “Superior” ratings.

GHS musicians also participated in the state solo and ensemble music festival this past weekend held in Wichita and brought home 88 gold medals.

The Elbiata Singers received a I+ rating. Students and ensembles earning the top rating of I or “Superior” were the Brass Choir, Women’s Vocal Ensemble, Clarinet Quartet, Men’s Vocal Ensemble, Saxophone Trio, Kellen Jenkins (vocal), Thomas Murphy (trumpet), Kristin Unruh (flute), Kyle Unruh (trumpet and vocal), Scott Ferguson (tenor sax), Adam Goering (trumpet), Allison Banman (vocal), Janessa Wedel (clarinet and vocal), Brittany Voth (vocal), Amy Brubaker (clarinet), Brianna Unrau (vocal), Jared Unrau (tuba), Evan Fast (alto sax and vocal), and Cameron Voth (vocal).

Students or groups earning a II or “Excellent” rating were Nathan Amstutz (vocal), Ryan Goertzen (vocal), Austin Unruh (vocal) and Flute Ensemble.

Receiving a III or “Good” rating was Chris Johnston (Tenor Sax).

The students are under the instruction of choir director Greg Bontrager and band director, Bud Meisel.

The public can hear most of these groups and solos at the annual spring barbecue concert May 16 at the Goessel junior/senior high school.

The event is free, but donations to the music department are accepted.

This one fund-raiser provides money for music department trips to other events both in and out of state.

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