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Bethel groups to perform for state music educators

February 13th, 2019

Steel Drum Band

Performing at KMEA -- Steel Drum Band: today at 4 p.m. in Century II, Room 203.

The Steel Drum Band is making its first-ever KMEA appearance, possibly the first-ever by a college steel drum band. 

The band is one of two Bethel College musical groups that will perform for the 2019 meeting of the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) in Wichita.

The Bethel College Concert Choir will sing Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3:55 p.m. in Hyatt Ballrooms D-H, while the Bethel College Steel Drum Band plays the next day, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. in Century II, Room 203.

The preview concert will also feature special guests Steel Paradise, the Bethel staff and community steel drum band.

Brad Shores, athletic band director at Bethel, leads both steel drum groups.

The Concert Choir is under the direction of William Eash, D.M.A., director of choral activities.

The Concert Choir’s KMEA program is: “I will lift my eyes” by Zachary Moore; “Plorate filii Israel” by Giacomo Carissimi; “O magnum mysterium” by René Clausen; “Beautiful morning,” arranged by John Wykoff; “Let my love be heard” by Jake Runestad; “Stars” by Eriks Esenvalds (text by Sara Teasdale); and “I don’ feel no ways tired,” arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs.

The Steel Drum Band’s KMEA program is: “Sweet Sugar Cane” by Brad Shores; “Dreadlock Holiday” by Stewart and Gouldman; “How Great Thou Art/Great is Thy Faithfulness,” arranged by Brad Shores; “Sarah” by Boogsie Sharpe; “Pan in A Minor” by Lord Kitchener; “Burger Boogie” by Brad Shores; “Panfare” by Brad Shores; and “I Want You Back” by Gordy, Perren, Mizell and Richards.

Members of the Bethel College Concert Choir are Jesse Balzer, Hurley, S.D., Sarah Balzer, Inman, Yaharia Bates, Sterling, Emma Beachy, Kalona, Iowa, Elizabeth Friesen Birky, Denver, Sydney Bollinger, Lawrence, Sarah Booth, Goessel, Connor Born, North Newton, Elijah Brockway, McPherson, Jacob Callison, Mount Hope, Annie Carlson, Hurley, S.D., Polly Carlson, Hurley, S.D., Carine Claassen, Whitewater, Candy Dao, Salina, Emily Epp, Marion, S.D., Matthew Garber, Newton, Nathan Garber, Newton, Trae Gehring, Pretty Prairie, Ronald Gray, Wichita, Madison Hofer-Holdeman, Wichita, Jerod Kaufman, Moundridge, Emily Knight, Moundridge, Adam Kroeker, Augusta, Nathan Kroeker, Augusta, Noah Larson, Wichita, Alec Loganbill, Hesston, Anna Lubbers, Peabody, Sophia Minder, Lawrence, Lauren Nehrbass, Parsons, Bethany Powls, Garnett, Nicholas Preheim, Peabody, Addie Regier, Newton, Connick Roe, Kingman, Bruce Rosario, Pollocksville, N.C., Callie Ross, Overland Park, Madison Roth, Chapman, Randall Schmidt, Lawrence, Michelle Schrag, Moundridge, Rebecca Schrag, Newton, Tara Schwartz, Pretty Prairie, Zachary Shima, Topeka, Garrett Smith, Burrton, Sarah Smith, Topeka, Bailey Strausz, Moundridge, Chloe Wall, Goshen, Ind., Kendrick Weaver, Hesston, Anna Wiens, Goessel, Kaci Wilson, Sterling, Serena Wong, Newton, David Wullf-Cochrane, Edmond, Okla., Micah Miller Wyse, Hesston, Kaho Yanagidaira, Nagano, Japan, and Jayce Yoder, Topeka.

Members of the Bethel College Steel Drum Band are: on lead pan, Brendan Ostlund, Mount Hope, Briley Young, Wichita, Elizabeth Tran, North Newton, Alayna Wallace, McPherson, Payton Walters, Highlands Ranch, Colo., AJ Dugan, Walton, Krista Loomis, Walton, and Billie Selichnow, Wichita; on double seconds, Kendrick Weaver, Hesston, Lauren Nehrbass, Parsons, and Anna Lubbers, Peabody; on double guitars, Georgia Anderson, Wichita, Noah Ballesteros, San Diego, and Laura Tran, North Newton; and on bass, Callie Ross, Overland Park, and Kayla Newman, Sedgwick.

Caleb Abbott, Wichita, is featured on tenor saxophone on “Sarah.”

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