Music Department Happenings

Olivia Mohr

There are tons of exciting things going on in the music department for the next few months. The band had a concert on Thursday, December 10th, and they also had a parade on Saturday, December 12th. In addition, the band’s percussionists will be accompanying one of the choir’s songs for the Christmas choir concert on Thursday, December 17th. Both choir and band have worked very hard to learn and polish music for this concert, so come and support them and appreciate their hard work! The concert is at seven o’clock in the WJHS auditorium on the 17th, and tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door.

Even though most of the goings-on for December have already passed for band, the next few months are packed. Students interested in Honors Band will audition in January. If they score high enough, they will get put into Honors Band, and those who make the audition will have the opportunity to go against students from many other schools. All-State is in February, and second-round auditions were Saturday, December 12th. Kaitlyn Kearns and Evelyn Madill auditioned in the second-round auditions. In addition to All-State, band has a leap year percussion concert in February. The band will also put together a pit for The Little Mermaid once rehearsal for the musical starts, and there will be a spring concert in May and performances at Camp Nelson for Memorial Day. Mr. V is very excited for all of these upcoming events, and he and his students work very hard to make our band great.

As for our choir program, Honors Choir is coming up. The University of Louisville’s Honors Choir event happens in January, and the University of Kentucky’s Men’s Day is in late January. Like with band, choir’s KMEA All-State is in early February. After the Christmas concert, the choirs will focus on prepping for the Bryce Hood Memorial Scholarship Concert in the spring, as well as for Assessment. They will learn new music for the concert, and they will practice music theory and sight-singing for Assessment. Like Mr. V, Mr. Burton will help put together The Little Mermaid once rehearsals start. This is Mr. Burton’s first year at West, and he is thrilled to be our choir conductor. He feels so blessed every day to have students who want to learn, and he hopes to teach at West for many years in the future.

After all of the hard work that the band and choir programs put in, they will be going to Holiday World in May to compete. It is also a music festival to thank the music department for another great year. Thanks to all who support our incredible music program! It is because of the support that we receive that we can become better musicians and receive the opportunities we have!

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