• Special to the Leader & Times
All USD No 480 bands – grade 6 through 12, will present their Band Festival at 7 p.m. Monday in the James Maskus Auditorium at Liberal High School.
Featured on the program is the combined 6th grade band, from Cottonwood and Sunflower Intermediate Schools. Mr. Grant Mathews directs these students, and for most of them, it will be their first experience playing in a large group.
They will open the evening with the “Star Spangled Banner” to be followed by some great literature including: “Sousa’s Cadets,” “Salvation is Created,” “Shepherd’s Hey” and the “Tempest.”
Next on the program is the combined Middle School band from West and South Middle Schools. Directors of these students are Zeb Tiedeman and Dave Kerwood.
The guest director for the evening is Chris VanGilder, from Arkansas City. This is VanGilder’s 24th year in directing bands, and he will clinic and conduct the 7th and 8th graders through a very challenging and rewarding program including: “The Valdres March,” “Shaker Variants,” “Flight of the Thunderbird” and the “British Masters Suite.”
Closing the program will be “That” Liberal Band, under the direction of Lance Burnett, with a presentation of the Guns ‘n’ Roses Show from last fall’s marching season.
The Drumline, Color Guard, and band proper will all be featured on the program.
“The concert is free and open to the public, and a large crowd is expected to be in attendance,” Burnett stated. “So come early and stay late to congratulate these young performers and their growth as musicians, entertainers and great students in the USD 480 school system.”