Butler County Times Gazette
  • Augusta hosts annual Bandorama

  • For the past 58 years Augusta school bands have presented the annual Bandorama. The long standing tradition was began by the late Max Henrickson, Augusta band director, and the event has become a community favorite.
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  • For the past 58 years Augusta school bands have presented the annual Bandorama. The long standing tradition was began by the late Max Henrickson, Augusta band director, and the event has become a community favorite.
    From the Fifth Grade Band through the High School Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, the performances always please proud parents, families and friends.
    Thursday’s event was definitely a crowd pleaser. Highlights included “Fidgets” by the fifth graders, “Crazy for Cartoons” by the sixth graders, “Dynamite” by the seventh graders, “Highlights from Frozen” by the eighth graders, and “Citation” by the AHS Concert Band.
    Everyone enjoyed a performance by the impressive AHS Drum Line and the AHS Jazz Ensemble.
    The outstanding elementary band students recognized were: Forrest Tuschoff from Garfield; Isaiah Thornburg, Robinson; Macey Goodmanson, Ewalt; Journey Austin, Lincoln.
    The outstanding high school band students: Sam Natvig, freshman; Sidney Williams, sophomore; Ben Wheatley, junior; Cassidy Hartup, senior.
    Frederick Ates was named Master Musician, chosen by his peers.
    AMS band director Brandi Manahan recognized and presented certificates to a number of middle school students who earned top ratings at the district festival.
    Retiring band director Randy McKee was honored and a special video of tributes was presented and he thanked the district and parents for supporting the musical program. He gave high praise to the students.
    The seniors also bid farewell to director Todd Hollis and thanked him for being more than just a teacher during their Augusta school experience.
    A touching moment for the group was when senior Patrick Bruce and Mr. Hollis shared a hug. Earlier in the week, Patrick was featured in a video tribute to Hollis in honor of being named Secondary Teacher of the Year, and Patrick told of his respect and admiration for Hollis. Patrick explained how Hollis and classmates would visit him when he was in the hospital undergoing numerous tests and how Hollis was constantly encouraging and supporting him.
     
    Belinda Larsen can be reached at blarsen@butlercountytimesgazette.com.
     

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