Concert Band and Bella Canto excel at contest in Winfield

Both the Augusta High School Concert Band and Bella Canto (AHS Women's Choir) earned straight I (Superior) ratings at the KSHSAA State Large Group Contest on Thursday, April 18, at Winfield High School.

Bella Canto performed "And Nature Smiled" by Allen Koepke and "Hello, Girls" by Lloyd Pfautsch.

The band performed "Pet of the Petticoats" by John Philip Sousa and "Fortress" by Frank Ticheli.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the band has earned a I at State Contest.

Rachel Simmons is the vocal music director and the band is directed by Todd Hollis and Randy McKee.