Five Creighton band students selected for new honor event

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Posted: Friday, November 2, 2018 11:49 am | Updated: 11:53 am, Fri Nov 2, 2018.

Five Creighton High School band members participated in the innaugural Northeast Community College Hawkfest Honor Band and Choir Festival last week.

 Anthony Morrill, Kyler Adams, Hayley Smith, Makayla Shonebarger and Samantha Crockett  were among the region’s top high school musicians and vocalists who had the opportunity to shine through the college program.

The approximately 80 students from 18 schools participated in a daylong rehearsal that was capped off by a public performance in the college’s Lifelong Learning Center Monday, Oct. 22.

The 46-member honor band, that included the Creighton youth, was under the direction of Kevin McLouth, director of instrumental studies at Northeast, while the approximately 30-member honor choir was led by Stewart Cramer, Northeast’s director of vocal activities.

Margaret Schultz, music instructor/accompanist at Northeast, served as HAWKFEST manager.

McLouth said the students earned entrance to HAWKFEST through an audition process. He was pleased with how they performed.

“The kids really worked hard, came together and performed like champions. Everyone learned a lot today and I think they had a little fun also,” he said.

In addition to the Creighton musicians, participants included students from Battle Creek, Columbus Lakeview, Elkhorn Valley, Neligh-Oakdale, Norfolk Senior High, O’Neill High, Osmond, Orchard, Pender, Pierce, Plainview, Randolph, St. Edward, Shelby-Rising City, Wakefield and Winside.

HAWKFEST is a joint effort between the college and the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble.  A performing ensemble and nonprofit organization, NAJE was formed by the late Dr. Jim Boullion to help promote music in northeast Nebraska.

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