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State Piano Festival Results

Congratulations to the following students who performed at the KSHSAA State Piano festival on February 17th at Wichita State University.  We are proud of their achievements. Emma Blom- II Rating, Hayle Ellis- II Rating, Heather King- II Rating and Ellie Warnes- I Rating.  A II rating is an Excellent Rating and I is an Superior

Color Guard Auditions

The DHS Color Guard will be conducting auditions in April. Monday, April 2: 6:30-8:30pm (AUX Gym) Wednesday, April 4: 6:30-8:30pm (AUX Gym) Friday, April 6th: 6:30-8:30pm (AUX Gym) Any students are welcome to audition for Color Guard. Questions regarding auditions can be directed towards Head Coach Matt Fawcett: mfawcett07@yahoo.com

Baker Honor Band

On Thursday, February 8, several students from the DHS Band participated in the 20th Annual Baker University Honor Band.  The students selected performed with over 120 students from across Kansas in a concert that evening.  This year’s Guest conductor was Dr. Nicholas Bratcher, Director of Bands at California State University, San Bernardino.  This year’s participating

Four DHS Pianist Qualify for State

This Past Saturday, the DHS Music Department had five students compete in the KSHSAA Regional Piano Festival at Baker University.  Emma Blom, Heather King, Hayle Ellis, Ellie Warnes all received a “1” Outstanding rating which advances them to the KSHSAA State Piano Festival at Wichita State University on Saturday, February 17.  Emily Kresin also competed

NEKMEA District Honor Band

Congratulations to the following students who made the NEKMEA District Honor Band this year. Trenton Biggerstaff – French Horn Alt. Jared Carlton – Bassoon Connor Cravens – Bari Sax Alt. Josh Daniels – Trumpet Quinton Marschall – Contra Bass Clarinet Savannah Stine – Trombone Daniel Smith – Trombone Zach Yarbrough – Euphonium

Baker University Grand Champions

The DHS Marching Band earned the title of the Baker University Marching Festival Grand Champion on Wednesday, October 11th. This is the 3rd consecutive Grand Champion at the Baker University Marching Festival for the DHS Marching Wildcats. The Drumline and Color Guard (Dazzlers) also both received the highest rating of 1 during this competition. Baker

Four State Honor Band Concert

34th Annual Four State Honor Band Concert The 34th Annual Four State Honor Band Concert was held in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, in Pittsburg, Kansas on May 4th, 2017. Two hundred high school musicians, selected from across the four state region of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, met to prepare for the

State Band Rankings

On April 29th our Band Students performed at the State Music Festival. Here is a list of their Rankings: Trenton Biggerstaff 2 Jared Carlton 1 Josh Daniels 2 Kayla Deghand 1 Zaid Gratz 1, 1 Sam Howe 1, 2 Makenna Kerr 2 Savannah Stine 2 Evan Sullivan 2 Trevor Whitlow 1, 1 Aneka Zarger 2

2017-18 Band Leadership

The 2017-18 De Soto High School Band has made their selections for Band Leadership! Drum Majors Elizabeth Seidl, Daniel Smith, Abigail Stutzman, Zach Yarbrough Section Leaders WOODWINDS Flute: Lina Al-Tahhan, Jordan Mahnken Clarinets: Jared Carlton, Haley Blickenstaff, Quinton Marschall Alto Saxophone: Keirstyn Mascareno, Brandon Parker Tenor Saxophone: Kay Craven, Martin Searcy Bari Saxophone: Kyler Gish, Connor Kmiecjk BRASS Trumpet: Camille Poulain, Trenton Biggerstaff, Daniel Searcy Mellophone: Morgan

2017-18 Symphonic Band

The De Soto High School Symphonic Band auditions are complete. Congratulations to the 2017-18 DHS Symphonic Band members! Flute Abby Martin Sheridan Frick Lina Al-Tahan Hayle Ellis Jordan Mahnken Victoria Ashlock Erilyn Meo Kaitlyn Andres Oboe Martin Searcy Bassoon Jared Carlton Clarinet Makenna Kerr Taisia Sarazov Lauren Stanton Elizabeth Seidl Jodie Bedford Kati Gribble Lauren