HCC Lads & Lassies Live in Concert at Highland Community College Arts in the Barn Series April 6


Highland Community College’s Arts in the Barn series will host the HCC Lads & Lassies on April 6 at 7 p.m.

The HCC Lads & Lassies have been the premiere vocal ensemble on the campus of Highland Community College since its inception in 1966. Performing modern popular songs and classics, the group adds choreography, dance, and fresh arrangements to elevate the audience experience. The group is formed from the student body on Highland’s main campus and currently is led by director Shayna Leahy. Traditionally, the Lads & Lassies perform several shows per academic year on campus and throughout Northeast Kansas as well as special campus events and holiday shows.

Admission for the event is $10. For more information or to RSVP call 785-336-1274 or 785-442-6009 or email

The Klinefelter Farm located just two miles east of Hiawatha, KS on Highway 36 just off Mulberry Road, is owned and operated by Highland Community College and the HCC Foundation. This beautiful 480-acre farm was a gift to the college from the John M. Klinefelter family and had been in his family for nearly 130 years. The Farm is home to the Klinefelter Barn which is home to the Arts at the Barn series, a self-supporting and non-profit cultural event series held annually.

This series is promoted through the donations of the following underwriters: Jerry and Patty Bruning, Forsberg Family, Dr. Cheryl Rasmussen, LK Creations, Collins Law Office, Just Vapor, D Lazy K Ranch, Rainbow Communications, Dennis and Kim Myers, Koch & Co, Dave and Marci Reist, Sandra Webb, M&M Farm (in memory of Hogan), Jade Millwrights, Jim & Denise Wolney and KNZA Radio 103.9 FM.

For more information on the series visit

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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