Prairie View band receives high score at state festival

The Prairie View High School band received a I rating at the state music festival on April 13. Band members include, front row from left, Danica Brake, Bailey Hughes, Allee Sombathareun, Kiera Obermeier, Shawna Case, Wyatt Weekley, Justus Teagarden; second row, Rebecca D'Attoma, Kaylee Ring, Collin Pope, Cecilia Brockway, Elijah Williams, Paul Ryan; third row, Rylan Cline, Cole Holler, Creed Caldwell, Mason Mitzner, Brendon Melvin, Virginia Sramek, Joseph Hewes, William Swisher, Joseph Sramek, and Sam Clark. (Submitted photo)

For the second year in a row, the Prairie View High School band has received a I rating at the State Large Group Music Festival. The festival was on Wednesday, April 13, at Iola High School.

A I rating is the top rating in state music competition.

Band director Jeffrey Russell said the band was rated by a panel of judges. The band received three straight I ratings, giving the band an overall rating of I.

Russell said was very happy with the band's performance. He also said that his musicians have continued to improve each year.

"The band performed 'Our Heritage March,' by Karl King arranged by James Swearingen, and 'They Led My Lord Away,' arraigned by Fred Allen," Russell said.

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