Members of the Prairie View High School band include, front row from left, Wyatt Weekley, Danica Brake, Kiera Obermeier, Paul Ryan, Allee Sombatchareun, Justus Teagarden, Bailey Hughes, Shauna Case, Joseph Sramek; second row, Joseph Hewes, Sam Clark, Brendon Marmon, Dylon Dearborn, Mason Mitzner, Creed Caldwell, Kaylee Ring; third row, Cecilia Brockway, Cole Holler, Rebecca D'Attoma, Virginia Sramek, William Swisher, Collin Pope, Elijah Williams and Rylan Cline. Alex Forsberg is not pictured.The Prairie View band won the Frontier League Traveling Band Trophy during league competition at Iola High School on March 8. (Submitted photo)
By Jeff Russell, Special to the Journal
Each year Osawatomie, Burlington, Santa Fe Trail, Wellsville, Iola, Burlington, Anderson County and Prairie View high schools come together to compete for the top score to bring the traveling trophy to their school. This is an opportunity for bands to play their contest music early and receive a short clinic on how to improve before the real contest on April 13.
The bands two selections are "They Led My Lord Away" by Fred Allen and "Our Heritage Concert March" by Karl King arranged by James Swearingen.
The band has had the opportunity to zoom with composer Fred Allen and get some valuable feedback and insight about his composition.
The band traveled to Baker University on March 29 for the Pre-Festival clinic to receive tips and pointers from clinicians Jim Oliver and Brett Martinez.
Dean Davison, retired band director from Prairie View, presented a workshop on the "Art of Playing a March" to band members.
Finally, former Kansas Music Educators Association Master Teacher Hall of Fame recipient Ed Bartley will also be working with the band to put on some final touches before the April 13 contest.
The public is invited to hear the band perform these selections along with others at its spring concert at 6:30 p.m. on April 29 in the Performance Arts Center at Prairie View. The band is led by director Jeff Russell