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High School Students To Perform At Youth For Music

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High school students from area high schools will perform at the 48th annual Youth for Music event on Saturday, Feb. 3.

The concert, which is co-sponsored by Cloud County Community College’s Music Department and Tom’s Music House, will be at 6 p.m. at the Brown Grand Theatre, downtown Concordia. The concert is free and open to the public.

Students from Rock Hills, Osborne, Phillipsburg, Washington County, Stockton, Cheney, Pike Valley, and Southern Cloud will be participating. Membership in the ensembles is determined by the recommendations of high school teachers.

Band students will practice all day on Saturday at the Brown Grand, while the choir participants will rehearse at Cloud County Community College. Conductors will be Sarah Bernard-Stevens and Hannah Draper Burnett, music instructors at Cloud. Guest conductor for the band will be Kelli Burrus, director of music at Osborne High School, and guest conductor for the choir will be Layton Nance, director of choirs at Cheney High School. The public is also invited to attend rehearsals at no charge.

For additional information about Youth for Music, call 785.243.1435, ext. 287.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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