Five local students are scheduled to join the 29th Annual Kansas Masonic All-State High School Marching Band this year. Alia Akkerman, a tenor saxophone player from Gardner; Andrew Rose, a trumpeter from Gardner; Logan Fawcett, a euphonium player from Spring Hill; Jerrad DeGrande, a melaphone player from Spring Hill; and Trevon Waddle, a trumpet player from Spring Hill, will join 179 students from across the state at band camp at Emporia State University in late July.
The five day band camp features the top high school musicians from across the state of Kansas.  Marching and musical instructions are under the direction of Nathan Gay and his E-State band staff.  Band camp ends with performances in the Shrine Bowl parade in the morning and a pre-game and halftime performance at the Kansas East-West Shrine Bowl Football Game on Saturday evening, July 28.
More than 4,700 young people have performed in the Kansas Masonic All-State High School Marching Band since 1984.
The marching band is a project of the Kansas Masonic Foundation.  Sponsorship for each student is paid by local Lodges and other affiliated bodies in their communities.  Monies left from Band Camp after expenses are donated to the Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute located at the K.U. Medical Center in Kansas City.  Net proceeds from the East-West Shrine Bowl Game are donated to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.