Cloud Co. Comm. College Music Ensembles To Present Fall Concert


The Cloud County Community College music ensembles will present a fall concert on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. in Cook Theatre, on the college’s Concordia campus. There is no admission to attend.

The Community Chorale will perform Stars, Songs & Faces, by Jonathan Adams; Siph Amandla, a South African freedom song; The Water is Wide, arranged by Luigi Zaninelli; and Praise! Praise! By George Fredric Handel.

The Concert Band will perform The Thunderer, by John Philip Sousa; For the Beauty of the Earth, arranged by Claude Smith; Marche Diabolique, by Brian Balmages; and From Every Mountainside, a salute to America, arranged by Michael Oare.

The Rolling Thunder Percussion Ensemble will perform Time Travel, by Cassidy Byars; and Paolisal’s March, by Raul Domenech Rubio.

The Jazz Band will perform Autumn Leaves, by Joseph Kosma and Johnny Mercer; Apple Corpse, by Al Cohn; Swing Street, arranged by John Berry; and So What, by Miles Davis.

All ensembles are under the direction of Chris Langsford, Cloud County’s new music instructor. Langsford received a bachelor’s of music in vocal music degree from Washburn University, and his master’s of music in choral conducting from Michigan State University.

For more information, contact Langsford at 785.243.1435, ext. 286, or by email at

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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