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16th Annual Cavalcade of Bands

Philip Kaul

May 15, 2017

Cavalcade: ka-vuhl-kade – any noteworthy series, as of events or activities, or a large gathering.

This year marked the 16th annual Cavalcade of Bands, the final performances for all band students in grades 5-12 for the 2016-17 school year. On Wednesday, May 10th, 160 band students converged upon the Perry-Lecompton gymnasium to perform, demonstrate their growth over the year, and celebrate their achievements.

The night started off with the 5th grade band. They performed two selections: Midnight Sky, by Brian Balmages, and The Silver Scepter, by John Kinyon. They were followed by the 6th grade band, who performed Thunder Mountain Overture, by Jared Spears; Shenandoah, by Robert Sheldon; and The Tempest, by Robert W. Smith. Both groups have made tremendous progress this year and had the opportunity to attend the USD 232 Festival of Bands in April. Our school was one of only a few that were invited to attend and PLMS had the highest participation of any school in attendance.

The 7th and 8th grade band played next. They performed Sunset Reflections, by David Gorham, and Adrenaline Engines, by Randall Standridge. The 7th and 8th grade band will be performing both selections at the Worlds of Fun Festival of Music on Saturday, May 13th.

The High School band finished the concert with an encore of the pieces they performed at the KSHSAA State Large Group contest: Cumberland Cross, by Carl Strommen, and March of the Roughnecks, by Ed Huckeby. The PLHS band received Straight “I” ratings, marking the 8th consecutive year of “I” ratings and the 4th consecutive year of Straight “I” ratings, or “I” ratings from all three judges. The band also took a moment to recognize the seniors that have given so much of their time and energy to this band program: Quade Corel, Nick Maloun, Danni Roberts, and Kade Surface.

For the first time, awards were given this year for an Outstanding Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion student in each band. The 5th grade winners were Meadow Scruggs, Aly Farmer, and Tyler Reed. The 6th grade winners were Brett Paramore, Walker Pringle, and Mal Facile. The 7th and 8th grade winners were Caitlyn Champagne, Caden Dean, and Laura Guess. The High School winners were Dorothy Haggard, Sara Haggard, and Danni Roberts.

The band also awarded two students with the Director’s Award for Band and the John Philip Sousa Band Award. The Director’s award, given to an outstanding 8th grader, was awarded to Joe Ward. The John Philip Sousa Award, given to an outstanding senior, was awarded to Kade Surface. Finally, Marigold Reumund was announced as next year’s PLHS drum major.

The evening concluded with a traditional performance of “America” by the combined 5th-12th grade bands. Thank you all for attending and supporting our students’ music education. 

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