Students audition for ensembles
Around 2,000 band and choral students packed Baldwin High School and Baldwin Junior High School Saturday to determine who were the top performers in the northeast district.
Saturday marked the annual Kansas Music Educators Association Northeast District band and choral auditions.
The couple thousand students, including several from Baldwin, were vying for spots on the district choir and band ensembles.
"It's fairly competitive," Will Cooper, BHS band teacher, said. "There are six districts in the state, and this is probably the most competitive district in the state."
He said there are 700 to 800 spots total in three concert bands, one jazz band, one orchestra and one choir for which students audition.
Those that are selected to fill one of the spots will prepare for a Dec. 4 performance at Blue Valley High School in Kansas City.
Cooper said those that make one of the district ensembles are eligible to audition for the state ensemble, which will perform in Wichita in February.
Those that were selected for the band ensemble from BHS were Amy Craig, Avery Baughan, Julie McClenahan, Kristin Lynch, Ellen Schroer, Ellyn Prahl, Emily Garcia, Alexis Tommer, Rachel McClenahan, Samantha Smith, Amber Huffman, Rose Garrison and John Rake.
Those selected as band alternates were Brandon Reed, Sam Pippert, Chris Elniff, A.J. Osborn, Mary Clippenger and Kelsey Heckathorne.
Lynne Lammers was selected to perform with the orchestra.
Names of those selected for the choir ensemble were not yet available.