Highland Announces Fall Vocal Concert, “Darkness/Light”

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HIGHLAND, KS – The HCC Chorus and Lads and Lassies vocal groups have announced performances set for Thursday, October 17 and Saturday, October 19 both at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature vocal performances and is their debut for the 2019-20 academic year. The concert will also feature guest speakers from the Atchison, Kansas organization, Tempered Steel. This non-profit is dedicated to promoting national awareness, education, and support for severely wounded military veterans.

“Helping our veterans with an opportunity to tell their story is powerful. We are honored to partner with Tempered Steel in this event,” noted Shayna Leahy, Instructor of Vocal Music and Director of the HCC Chorus and Lads and Lassies.

The public is invited to attend, and admission will be a free-will donation to Tempered Steel, Inc. Concerts are held at Culbertson Auditorium on the Highland Campus in Highland, Kansas. Livestreaming will be available at www.highlandcc.edu.

Mark your calendars for holiday shows on Thursday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7.

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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.