Volunteers Needed for Kansas Concert

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Approximately two hundred volunteers are needed to help with “Kansas Rocks the Oregon Trail” Saturday, September 22, at Alcove Spring Historic Park.

The concert is part of the Marshall County Arts Cooperative’s 2018 season of artists. The cooperative has brought several Grammy-award winning groups to the area as well as other artists to perform for the public and to work with students.

The outdoor concert features the band Kansas, with a legendary career spanning more than four decades; this “garage band” from Topeka released their debut album in 1974. They have sold more than thirty million albums worldwide.

Individuals wanting to help with the concert may submit an application to volunteer at mcactickets.com by June 15. Those accepted to fill volunteer positions will be notified by July 1.

“We need a lot of help to pull this off,” said Mandy Cook, one of the event organizers. “Tickets went on sale Friday and they’re selling pretty quickly. Now we need a team of volunteers to help us make the concert run smoothly.”

Individuals are needed to help with parking, take tickets, direct concert-goers, assist with set-up and take-down, and a variety of other tasks. Volunteers will work a four-hour shift and most will work during the concert. Assistance is also needed the day before the concert and the day after the concert.

The concert is held at a 250-acre part that is largely undeveloped; wagon swales from the Oregon Trail remain. Volunteers may be subjected to unfavorable weather conditions and must be able to be physically active.

A training session will be held later in the summer to educate volunteers about their duties.

The application form on the website includes a section where individuals can list special skills and abilities.

“We could not do this without the help of our amazing volunteers,” Cook added. “We are looking forward to working with them.”

More information is available at the group’s website mcactickets.com.

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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.