CSC hosts 41st annual High Plains band and Music Festival

The Chadron State College music department is hosting over 230 high school musicians from nearly 2 dozen schools in 3 states Monday and Tuesday for the 41st annual High Plains Band and Choir Music Festival.

The High Plains Festival was started by Chadron State to give high school musicians a chance to work with talented peers and gain teaching and guidance from college professors.

CSC music faculty member and festival coordinator Brooks Hafey says the young musicians submitted audition recordings last fall with the CSC music faculty selecting the participants for the 4 groups: honor band, honor choir, festival band, and women's choir.

Serving as clinician and director of the Festival Band is Youngstown State University Director of Athletic Bands and music professor Dr Brandt Payne. Brandt has also taught at the University of Hawaii and was interim Associate Director of Bands and studio trombone teacher at the University of Wyoming for a year.

While students are in rehearsal, their 30 or so high school directors have the opportunity of attending reading sessions and clinics that focus on their areas of teaching expertise. Hafey says Payne will lead one of those clinics.

Hafey says there will be two free public performances during the festival, one this afternoon featuring CSC musicans and the other tomorrow afternoon with the four festival groups.

Again, the Showcase Recital with CSC students and faculty is 3:00 today with the Festival vocal groups in concert tomorrow at 5:00, followed by the bands at 6:00...all in the Memorial Hall Auditorium.

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