CCS musicians in All-Star Marching Band
Two Chase County Schools students were among 195 high school students from across Nebraska who participated in the 20th annual Masonic All-Star Marching Band, which performed Saturday during Shrine Bowl festivities in Kearney.
Participating were Jessica Hartman, daughter of Rob and Carma Hartman of Champion, and Kristina Pflum, daughter of Robert and Julie Pflum of Lamar.
The band members devoted four days of practice starting June 3 to learn the music, marching steps and field formations.
The band gave their first public performance with a public concert at Harmon Park on Friday evening.
The band led the Shrine Bowl Parade in downtown Kearney Saturday morning and it also performed the pregame National Anthem and during half-time of the 56th annual Shrine Bowl football game.
To celebrate the 20th annual camp, past band alumni and chaperones were invited to walk behind the band in the parade and were recognized on the field prior to the band’s half-time performance.
The band members were hosted by the Masons of Nebraska, and were directed by Brad Weber, retired band director from Wayne High School and now director of percussion at Wayne State College. Assisting were Dan Sodomka from Aurora High School and Dr. Dave Bohnert from Wayne State College.
Hartman and Pflum received scholarships from Purity Lodge No. 198 in Imperial. The scholarships covered the costs of the camp.
“We demanded a lot of the students during the past week,” Weber said. “They responded professionally and worked very hard. That was evident by the high-quality shows they performed Friday and Saturday. There’s no doubt these young musicians are among the best in the state.”
Coupled with hard work, the members also participated in a pool party, bowling, and a dance. Many are looking forward to the opportunity to use the instruction provided by the band directors when they return to their respective high school bands.