Eight area students will join more than 200 high school students from around the state in the 30th Annual Kansas Masonic All-State High School Marching Band Camp at Washburn University next week.
The local students include Gardner Edgerton High School students Dominic Kassing, trumpet; Ian Lanigan, trombone; Alexis Peterson-Gary, percussion; and Frankie Whittaker, trumpet. Spring Hill High School students Jerrad DeGrande, mellophone; Nicholas Kenrick, trombone; Andy Pilgrim, baritone-saxophone; and Amanda Williams, mellophone; will also take part in the festivities.
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 Michael Mapp and his Washburn band staff. The finale of the camp will be performances in the Shrine Bowl parade in the morning and pre-game and halftime performances at the Kansas East-West Shrine Bowl Game on Saturday, July 27.
More than 5,000 students have performed in the Kansas Masonic All-State High School Marching Band since 1984.
The 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 leftover after band camp expenses are given back to the students in the form of scholarships.
Net proceeds from the East-West Shrine Bowl Game are donated to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.