The Steelville High School Band needs your support! It’s time to replace uniforms that have been in use for over two decades, and student musicians are seeking help from the community in their fundraising efforts.
Band Director Todd Nicks estimated it will cost around $25,000 to purchase 50 complete uniforms to outfit the band. “The current ones are over 20 years old,” he said. “They serviced us well, they are just starting to look a little tattered.”
Band boosters helped to organize a fundraising dinner and auction, held on April 21. Nicks said 114 people attended the event, which netted $5,500.
The big news announced at the event, though, was that the Chymiak family has offered to match donations up to $12,500 in order to help the band reach its goal. The band has three months to raise the necessary funds.
Nicks asked that band alumni who had a good experience give “a little or a lot,” noting any donation helps.
With a few additional donations that have come in since the dinner, the funds raised currently stand at $6,052.75.
Another fundraiser is currently planned for June 16 and will include a car wash and pork steak lunches offered at Country Mart. More details will be announced closer to the date.
Anyone who’d like to donate to the cause can send a check made payable to the Steelville Band Boosters, mailed to Steelville High School, in care of Todd Nicks.
SHS Music Dep’t Honors
The Steelville High School Music Department has been active throughout the school year, with students receiving a number of honors.
The marching band participated in two festivals. At the Washington Marching Festival on October 10, 2017, the band earned 2nd Place in its division, and the award for Outstanding Music in its division. At the Bi-State Marching Festival in Potosi on October 14, 2017, they again earned the award for Outstanding Music in their division, and took first place in their division.
SHS musicians selected for All District Concert Band were Paige Brazel, Kyle Fox, Sarah Hajek, and Garrett Marshall (who also qualified for the State Cross Country competition, and went to that event).
All District Honor Band members from SHS were Emily Beers, Kate Green, Johnny Godwin, and Jade Hughes.
SHS band members selected for All Conference Band were Emily Beers, Paige Brazel,Ky Brand, Andy Davis, Kyle Fox, Johnny Godwin, Kate Green, Maggie Green, Raelyn Greer, Sarah Hajek, Jade Hughes, Miguel Long, Garrett Marshall, and Marleigh Smith.
Three students attended the Bi-State Band Festival hosted at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville: Kate Green, Johnny Godwin, and Jade Hughes.
At the Large Ensemble Festival at East Central College (State), the band earned a 2 rating (Outstanding).
Of those who performed solos at ECC (District) Ky Brand (trumpet) and Johnny Godwin (trombone) both received a 1 (Exemplary) and qualified for the State competition.
Other soloists were ranked as follows: Andy Davis (French horn), Kyle Fox (percussion), Catherine Graham (vocal), Kate Green (clarinet), Jade Hughes (clarinet), Sarah Hajek (tenor sax) all received 2 ratings (Outstanding). Emily Beers (clarinet), Paige Brazel (clarinet), Raelyn Greer (alto sax), Miguel Long (percussion), and Garrett Marshall (percussion) each received 3 ratings (Satisfactory).
At the State competition on April 28, Johnny Godwin earned a “silver” rating. This is the first year of a separate rating system for state (gold, silver, bronze). Ky Brand was ill and could not attend.
SHS vocalist Catherine Graham was selected to perform with the All District Honor Choir on September 23, 2017.
SHS vocalists chosen to perform with the All Conference Choir on October 4, 2017 were Kailey Burke, Lauren Freeman, Catherine Graham, Brandon Hanks, Roxie Swyers, MacKenzie Todaro, Maggie Yeomans, and Melody Vernon.
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