Heather Stumpff, left, and Getsemani Hinojoza participated in the 2018 Masonic All-Star Band that performed during this year’s Shrine Bowl Game in Kearney. (Courtesy photo)

CCS students perform in Mason all-star band

    Two Chase County High School students were among 262 high school students from across Nebraska who participated in the 24th Annual Masonic All-Star Marching Band.
    The all-star band performed June 2 during Shrine Bowl festivities in Kearney.
    Two CCS sophomores, Getsemani G. Hinojoza and Heather Stumpff, took part in this year’s all-star band.
    Band members devoted four days of practice to learning the music, marching steps and field formations and gave their first public performance with a public concert at Harmon Park June 1.
    The band led the Shrine Bowl Parade in downtown Kearney on Saturday morning, and performed the pre-game National Anthem and during half-time of the 60th annual Shrine Bowl football game that afternoon.
    The band members were hosted by the Masons of Nebraska, and were directed by Brad Weber, retired Band Director from Wayne High School, currently Instructor of Percussion at Wayne State College; Dan Sodomka, Band Director at Aurora High School; and Dr. Dave Bohnert, Director of Bands at Wayne State College.   
    Hinojoza and Stumpff received a scholarships from Imperial Chapter OES No. 279, which 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,” he said.

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