Music students earn high marks in competition
Students at De Soto High School showed off their talent last weekend at the Kansas Music Educator's Association regional competition at Baker University.
More than 80 band and vocal students from De Soto High School participated in the competition and about 17 earned outstanding ratings and are going on to state competition April 29 at Andover.
"We're very pleased with their accomplishments," De Soto High School band director Justin Love said. "They've worked very hard to get top scores."
In order to qualify for state, the students must receive a "I" rating, which means outstanding. Each student performed either individually or as part of a small group last weekend at Baker University in front of a judge. Several more students were also able to achieve a "II" rating, which means excellent.
Choir director Mary Etta Copeland said it was one of their best years yet.
The high school band and choir members went as groups to perform at the large ensemble competition Wednesday at Gardner Edgerton High School.
The band played two pieces, "Toccata for Band" and "Children of the Regiment" march. Results were not available at presstime.
In addition to their solo and ensemble performances and practicing for the large band competition, the students are also getting ready for the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., at the end of May.
They've been hired for two performances on April 22: the re-opening of Olathe Dodge car dealership at 11 a.m. and the grand opening of FBC Bank in De Soto at 1 p.m.
For performing at both events, they'll get $1,500. Band members have done everything from selling Christmas ornaments, making candy flowers for Valentine's Day and selling food items to raise money for the trip.