State Music Showcase Sunday


Music Students to Perform at Art Center

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Usually the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art is filled with visual art; this Sunday, however, the art center will be filled with music. State Music Showcase, an event sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative, will spotlight students who have received a “I” rating on their solo or ensemble performance at regional music competition. These students will give a special concert Sunday afternoon, April 22, at 4:00 p.m. at the art center as they prepare to go to state competition.

Students from Frankfort High School, Marysville High School, and Valley Heights High School are participating.

“The best and most musical students are the ones that will be present at the State Music Showcase,” said Jamie Minneman, band teacher at Marysville High School.

The afternoon concert, which has become an annual tradition, will feature vocal and instrumental solos and ensemble performances. “Last year’s showcase was so much fun,” Valley Heights band teacher Kim Oatney said. “It was a wonderful opportunity to hear students from the other schools and it never hurts for the students to have another performance under their belts in preparation for state competition.”

Students invited to perform include Megin Jacques – vocal solo, Frankfort; Grace Lauer – trumpet, Kayla Glore – marimba, Zarina Hassan – vocal solo, Megan Kirkland – trumpet, Katherine Lauer – vocal solo, Marysville; Amanda Merrill – flute, Brady Trimble – trumpet, Maddie Walsh – flute, Abby Lister – trumpet, Alli Jones – vocal solo, Carter Popejoy – trombone, Bailee Lister – tenor saxophone, Briana Enoch – vocal solo, Valley Heights.

Three ensembles from Marysville will perform and two ensembles from Valley Heights will perform.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to perform their state-qualifying pieces for an audience before they compete at their respective state festivals on April 28,” said Rachel Massoth, vocal music teacher in Marysville. “It is also great to be able to hear the talent from the other county high schools.”

Following the concert there will be a reception.

Admission to the music showcase is free.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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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