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Van-Far Band and Choir leave Districts with a “1”

Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 1:28 pm

Several Van-Far Indians with a “1” rating will be advancing to the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) state solo festival in May.
Those qualifying out of districts held in Mexico, Mo. last weekend are Jayson Orr with the french horn, Aubrey Bunge with the flute, Kiera Hayden in voice, and Trevor Winders with the piano. Also qualifying was the Van-Far Woodwind Trio, which features students Aubrey Bunge, Trevor Winders, and Lauren Shaw.
Congratulations goes out to all the above, as well as Harley Young, Eathan Winders, Cheyenne Martin, Lily Boushard, Sharon Baur, Lauren Shaw, Averie Cottrell, and Cameron Jones for a successful day of solos at the district festival.
For band, said Zach Keller Director of Music at Van-Far R-I High School,
“I was proud, but I was more proud of how hard we worked in class along the way to the MSHSAA Festival than the actual performance. It was a culmination of making the right decisions in rehearsal and putting together a disciplined and focused effort to our craft every single day. Once that happened, I think we all knew we had a great performance ready for the day of festival. They did a fantastic job.”
Keller also commented on the choir.
“Choir on the other hand, was a special performance.” Keller said. “I am not sure if we have ever received a ‘1’ for choir at Van-Far, and if so, it was long ago. Where the band earned the ‘1’ rating last year and knew the dedication it would take, choir hadn’t had the experience of knowing what it would take, therefore making it harder to attain. On performance day, they buckled down and put into context every minor and major detail we worked on in the classroom and it paid off big for them. I am happy to be their teacher and see both the band and choir experience success in their music.”