Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2005

Reaching high notes

High school musicians excel at recent festival

April 21, 2005

The music program at Basehor-Linwood High School is singing a sweet note after competing earlier this month at the State Large Group Festival in Gardner Edgerton.

During the competition, three high school choirs received a one rating, which is the highest score judges award.

Choir teacher Wendi Bogard said Basehor-Linwood was the only school to have three choirs receive a one rating.

"I'm really proud of the kids because they worked very hard," Bogard said.

The choirs participating were two girls choirs and a mixed chorus. There are 72 students combined in the choirs.

The high school band, led by instructor Donnie Lemley, also received high praise from judges during the festival.

Lemley said the band also received a one rating across the board from judges.

"This was definitely great news since only five schools out of the 20 plus that participated received all one's, and we were one of the five," Lemley said.

"They rose to that challenge and nailed it," he added. "I was very proud of them and, frankly, it was the best they ever played. I guess that's the way it should be."

Bogard's choirs will perform in their final concert of the year May 3 inside the high school auditorium. Soloists and a girls ensemble will also perform.

The final concert for the BLHS band is scheduled for April 28 and also will be performed at the high school.

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