By: Samantha Allen, Contributing Writer
On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Centralia High School students and staff members had the opportunity to hear the Clarence County Conference Band play. Participating Schools were Brookfield, Clark County, Highland, Monroe City, Palmyra, South Shelby, Macon and Centralia. The Conference Band traveled to three different schools on the 14th and performed at each of them.
The Conference Band performed under clinician Mr. Steegman. The pieces chosen for the performance were “Flourish for Wind Band” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “The Rowan Tree” which is a Scottish Folk Song, “Moscow 1941” by Brian Balmages and “Ruckus” by Randall Standridge. The students do not have long to prepare the pieces for the performance and only practice as a group for about 5 hours. Mrs. Neighbors, CHS Band Director, weighed in about how long the students have their music: “The students are given some songs on audition day. Then the week before the concert, the guest conductor will send us the rest of the songs that have been chosen.”
The Saturday before the concert the students practice together as a group for about 5 hours. Neighbors had this to say about practice day details, “The students spend all day rehearsing with a guest conductor. They performed a concert at the end of the day.”
The following CHS band members were involved in the Clarence County Conference Band this year: Hannah Adkisson, Rebecca Hudson, Wesley Redington, Clayton Thomas, Brandon Moore, Lauren Hoffman, Kaitlyn Stankevich, Danielle Sims, Kyle Haskell, Dillon Dunn and Elizabeth Crockett.