It will be an afternoon of pageantry and sound. On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools will celebrate the choral and band music departments of the district with two major music festivals.
In the morning, the district Choral Festival will be held in the Washington High School Auditorium. Students from all five high schools and most of the district’s middle schools will participate. Massed choirs will rehearse all morning with clinicians Andrea Watts (Wyandotte High School choral music director) and John Stafford (Kansas City Kansas Community College director of choral activities) for the high schools. A guest appearance by the KCKCC Chamber Singers will let patrons and students hear the possibilities for continued choral performance after high school.
At 11:30 a.m. there will be a free Choral Festival Concert for the parents and community.
At 3 p.m., the annual District Marching Band Festival will take place at the Washington High School Stadium. The event features bands from the district’s high schools, including Washington, Wyandotte, Sumner Academy, Harmon, and Schlagle. Martin Dunlap will provide the band critiques.
Festival tickets are $5 in advance from any high school band director or $7 at the gate.
- Story from Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools