Ireland named to All-State Band
A total of 214 students, including De Soto High School student Scott Ireland, were selected to participate in the 24th Annual Kansas Masonic All-State High School Marching Band Camp from July 24 to 28 at Fort Hays State University.
The five-day band camp features top high school musicians from across the state of Kansas under the direction of Gary Brattin and his FHSU band staff. The weeklong band camp will end with performances in the Shrine Bowl parade in the morning and pre-game and halftime performance July 28 at the Kansas East-West Shrine Bowl football game.
Ireland is one of more than 4,000 young people who have performed in the Kansas Masonic All-State High School Marching Band since 1984.
The marching band is a project of the Kansas Masonic Foundation. Sponsorship for each student is paid by local lodges and other affiliated bodies in their communities. Monies left from band camp after expenses are donated to the Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute located at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City. Net proceeds from the East-West Shrine Bowl game are donated to the Shriner's Hospitals for Children.