Elders’ Wisdom 2018 Video Available

The 2018 Elders’ Wisdom honorees were Lloyd and Mary Ann Hunzeker.  You can watch the video of the program below!

2018 PANCO Music Contest Champions

On Monday, March 26th, Hay Springs music students brought home the title of PANCO Music Champions!

The following solos & small groups were awarded with excellent (II) ratings​:​
Payton Schoenhals and Kaelob Marx — Mixed Duet
Jessi Badje — Vocal Solo
Bailey Scherbarth, Jaiden Anderson, and Erin Kadlecek — Woodwind Trio
Hannah Wohl — Trumpet Solo
Ciara McCance — Alto Saxophone Solo

The following solos & small groups were awarded with a superior (I) rating:​
Payton Schoenhals and Jessi Badje — Girls Duet
Payton Schoenhals, Jessi Badje, and Kaelob Marx — Mixed Trio
Payton Schoenhals — Vocal Solo
Sam Kearns, Ciara McCance, and Thomas Scherbarth — Senior Trio
Ciara McCance, RyLee Wolken, and Spencer Kadlecek — Saxophone Trio
Joce Varvel, Hannah Wohl, Jace Langford, and Tallon Regier — Brass Quartet
Trace Bilby — Clarinet Solo and Flute Solo
Thomas Scherbarth — Tuba Solo
Ashley Burrows — Bass Guitar Solo
Joce Varvel — Baritone Solo
Sam Kearns — Trumpet Solo
Jessi Badje — Flute Solo
​J​oce Varvel — Piano Solo
Gabe Varvel — Piano Solo
Ashley Tobiasson — Flute Solo
Sam Hindman — Alto Saxophone Solo
Logan DeCoste — Baritone Saxophone Solo
Gabe Varvel — Baritone Solo

Large ensembles:
Concert Band — II(excellent)
Jazz Band — I(superior)
Concert Choir — I(superior)
Jazz Choir — I(superior)

The following is a list of “Outstanding performance” winners:
-Payton Schoenhals — Outstanding Vocal Solo
-Trace Bilby — Outstanding Woodwind Solo
-Thomas Scherbarth — Outstanding Brass Solo
-Joce Varvel — Outstanding Piano Solo
-Chaz Twarling-Schiaffo and Clark Orr — Outstanding Percussion Duet
-Outstanding Jazz Choir — Payton Schoenhals, Jessi Badje, Joce Varvel, Bailey Scherbarth, Rylee Wolken, Hannah Wohl, Jaiden Anderson, Ashley Tobiasson, Kaelob Marx, Gabe Varvel, Logan DeCoste, and Sam Hindman
-Outstanding Jazz Band — Sam Kearns, Trace Bilby, Joce Varvel, Thomas Scherbarth, Jessi Badje, Erin Kadlecek, Bailey Scherbarth, Jaiden Anderson, Spencer Kadlecek, Ciara McCance, RyLee Wolken, Hannah Wohl, Tallon Regier, Jace Langford, Chaz Twarling-Schiaffo, and Clark Orr

We are so proud of all these students! If you see them, please congratulate them! Plan to attend our final concert on Tuesday, April 17th to see all the hard work these students have put into their music. WAY TO GO HAWK MUSICIANS!

Oregon Trail Honor Band

Four Hay Springs high school music students participated in The Oregon Trail Honor Band held in Gering, NE on Monday, January 8th. Students spent the day rehearsing and then put on a concert that evening.

In honor of the events 10th year the founder and director, Dr. jay Gilbert from Doane University, composed two selections which the band premiered at the concert.

Santa Soup Cookoff and the Nights, Lights and Music concert postponed til Monday, December 19th

Due to the predicted storm forcast the Santa Soup Cookoff and the Nights, Lights and Music concert will be postponed til Monday, December 19th. Same time, same place. Hope to see you there!! Stay Safe and Warm!

The U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band’s Offutt Brass section will make an appearance in Chadron at CSC on Sept 16th.

For the first “Semester Enrichment” performance 6th – 12th grade music students will have the opportunity to attend the United States Air Force Offutt Brass section at CSC ballroom on Tuesday, Sept. 16th at 7:30 pm. The bus will leave Hay Springs at 6:45 pm, students need to be dressed nicely. We will be returning as soon as the concert is over. Seats are open to all 6th-12th grade music students, once those students have signed up it will be open to any 6th-12th grade Hay Springs student, then if there are any seats open we will open it up to the public. There is limited seating, so students hurry up and sign up on the sheet outside of the music room.

Opportunity for Guitar Lessons

music - notes1Has your child ever thought they wanted to play the guitar?  If so, now may be the opportunity they have been looking for.

Hay Springs Public Schools, in collaboration with Sandy Ferrel, and Chadron State College will be offering group guitar lessons free of charge this school year.  Elementary (grades 3-5) classes will be offered after school on Thursdays and Middle School/High School classes will be offered before school on Wednesdays.

A parent/student organizational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10th after school in the Elementary School Library.  This will determine student interest and answer questions you may have.

Guitar Rental:  Haggerty’s in Rapid City will rent guitars with cases for $50 for a three-month trial period.  If the student decides to purchase the instrument, the rental will apply to the cost of the guitar, which is approximately $200.

For additional information contact Sandy Ferrel or call the school at (308) 638-4434.

Music Notes

music notes1We are NOT doing practice records this year!  Yes, you heard right, NO PRACTICE RECORDS!  Instead I am implementing a program called “Band Ninja.”  This is an opportunity for students to earn different levels of “belts” (really they are ribbons) that they will tie around their instrument as badges of honor.  Any 6th-8th grade student has a copy of the requirements to earn belts.  If they earn all belts they will have the opportunity to become a “band ninja.” We already have white belt players and several who are now attempting their yellow belt!

We have a new opportunity offered this year called the “After School Band Club (ASBC). ” Mrs. Mikaila Reimer or myslef will be in the music room from 4:15-5:00 Monday-Wednesday for ANY student who is struggling or who wishes to earn a belt for the “band ninja” program.  Of course those overachievers who are pages ahead of the rest of us are also be welcome if they come across something they don’t understand.  We have a few weeks under our belt and have found it to be a huge success!  It’s so encouraging to see the band room filled with 6-10 students every night either looking for help or trying to earn a belt!

The high school band is planning a trip in May of 2014 to Kansas City.  This trip will be at the cost of each student.  We will continue to fundraise, right now we are signed up to do several concession stands this fall-only students who help in the concession stand will receive a portion of the proceeds.  Students can make payments into their accounts held here at the school. Deposits can be turned into Mrs. Varvel.  The trip is projected to cost less than $500 a student; I highly recommend that students try to save or fundraise $200 a quarter. Students who began fund raising last year and/or made payments over the summer have been given a copy of what they currently have in their account.  Stay tuned for more details!

Watch future newsletters for Christmas concert dates!


Spring Concert and Academic Fair

music notes1academic fairThe public is welcome to come and see what the students have been up to in the classrooms. Projects will be on display in Lister-Sage May 14th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Stick around after the fair to see  students in grades K-5 perform their Spring concert pieces beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Pre-Contest Concert has been postponed from Tuesday, April 16th to Sunday, April 21st at 4:30pm.

Due to concerns with weather and scheduling conflicts.

District Music Contest scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th has been postponed until Monday, April 22nd.

The performance schedule for districts will remain the same.