Band students shine at KCI’s annual lawn concert

Band students at the Kamsack Comprehensive Institute showed the public what they learned during the past year during the school’s annual lawn concert held at the Kamsack Hospital grounds on June 10.

“It’s always a treat to play outdoors,” said Darren Kitsch, band director.

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Under Kitsch’s direction, the beginner, junior and senior bands performed, beginning with the beginner band. At the conclusion of each band’s set, Kitsch singled out the most dedicated, most improved and outstanding member of the band who were presented with certificates.

Recognized from the beginning band were: Morgan Raffard and Meesha Romaniuk, most dedicated members; Serenity Friday and Roslyn Airriess, most improved, and Kira Salahub and Justin Green, most outstanding band students.

In the junior band, Kaesee Keshane was named the most improved student; Jacob Burback, the most dedicated, and Melody Lin and Kennan Kitsch, the most outstanding band students.

Nicholas Bielecki was named the most improved senior bandsman; Kade Wishnevetski, the most dedicated, and Kyler Kitsch, outstanding bandsman.

During the concert, pies made by students in the school’s home economics and Food 30 classes, were sold by the piece with ice cream and soft drinks, or whole pies to take home. A total of 50 pies were made for the event under the direction of Shae Chanin.

The senior band was accompanied by the north band comprised of students from Sturgis, Preeceville, Canora, Norquay and Pelly on a trip to Minneapolis, Minn., in May when they attended the Music in the Parks Festival and attended a workshop at the University of North Dakota, Kitsch said. Sightseeing included admission to a dinner theatre where Momma Mia was staged.

The band attended the Parkland Music Festival in Sturgis in March when members played in competition and in a combined band with the north band students, he said.

All 100 KCI band students were among the 1,000 band students of the Good Spirit School Division who attended the Music Monday session in Yorkton in May, he said. The junior and beginner bands attended the Moose Jaw Band Festival in mid-May.