High School Students To Perform at Youth For Music

High school students from area high schools will perform at the 49th annual Youth for Music event on Saturday, Feb. 2.

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 Washington County, Rock Hills, Southern Cloud, Hoisington, Phillipsburg, Stockton, Clay Center, and Thunder Ridge 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. The band conductor will be Sarah Bernard-Stevens, music instructor at Cloud. Guest conductor for the band will be Daniella Thrasher, Clay Center Community High School, and guest conductor for the choir will be Jon Marquez, from Hastings, Neb., 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.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications.After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations.In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. In 2018 he became the Studio Coordinator at the Cumulus Kansas City broadcast center for Kansas City Chiefs Football.