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Bethel welcomes Honor Band, Honor Orchestra to campus Feb. 3

April 16th, 2018

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s instrumental music program is hosting the 2018 Honor Band and Orchestra Festival on campus Feb. 3.

About 70 band and orchestra students from Eisenhower High School in Goddard, Goessel High School, McLouth High School, McPherson High School, Newton High School and Pratt High School were selected through director nomination for the event, said Adam Fontana, Bethel director of instrumental music.

Guest conductor for the Honor Band is Glen Adsit, director of bands at the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut, and vice president of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).

Matthew Forte, director of orchestras at the University of Toledo and the cover conductor for the St. Louis Symphony, will conduct the Honor Orchestra.

The culminating event of the day is a public concert at 7 p.m. in Bethel’s Memorial Hall.

The public is invited to attend. Admission is free, with a freewill offering taken to support the Bethel College instrumental music program.

Bethel College ranks at No. 1 in College Consensus’ ranking of Kansas colleges and universities, and is the only Kansas private college listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, for 2017-18. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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