ELLINWOOD — Eleven EHS band students attended the Smoky Hills Wind Festival at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina on Jan. 28 and 29. Band director Don Regehr and sponsor Annette Troyer accompanied the students to the clinic. The festival was lead by William McMosley, director of bands at KWU.
The morning began with each student playing an audition of several scales and a sight-reading piece. After chair placement was take care of the students spent the rest of the morning in rehearsals. The students were treated to lunch at the KWU cafeteria and then spent the remainder of the afternoon in more rehearsals.
After a buffet-style dinner and a little time at the mall, the students were treated to a short concert by the KWU Jazz ensemble and to a night of "cosmic bowling." Then Saturday morning, the ensemble assembled again to put on the finishing touches for their concert.
After a quick lunch, the weekend concluded with a concert by the students in the clinic band. The concert music included "Tall Cedars" by Eric Osterling, "Song Without Words" by Gustav Holst, arranged by Mike Story, "Beguine Festival" by Glenn Osser and "Festive Flourish" by David Shaffer. McMosley commended ensemble for their great work ethic during the long rehearsals.
Students attending the clinic were C.J. Bookout, Brandon Coomes, Andrew Degenhardt, Nick Espinosa, Tiara Espinosa, Brynt Galvan, Rachel Morales, Aaron Pike, Ashley Sheldon, Wyatt Smith and Shawn Troyer.