The OHS Percussion Ensemble has been invited to perform at the 2016 Kentucky Music Educators Annual Conference in Louisville on February 5. This annual event draws thousands of teachers to four days of clinics and performances by the best ensembles in Kentucky. About 5% of ensembles who apply to perform are selected annually. The OHS Percussion Ensemble is one of two percussion ensembles selected in the state to perform.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the kids. This honor is shared not only with our current members, but all the past members of the OHS Percussion Ensemble. There is something special happening here, and I am just so excited about what our future has in store for us,” said Aaron Klausing, Percussion Director.
In only their fourth year of existence, the percussion ensemble has grown exponentially, performing to immense audiences and involving all aspects of our school with vocal, dramatic and dance elements as part of their performances.
“It comes as no surprise to me that our OHS Percussion Ensemble has been selected for this amazing opportunity. I watch our students perform on a daily basis and believe they have the talent to perform on any stage,” said John DeLacey, OHS Principal.
Residents of Owensboro have grown accustomed to the wide range of music offerings OHS band students enjoy. Seeing our Marching Band, Concert Bands, Jazz Ensemble, Red Steel Band and Percussion Ensemble perform in concert and in a wide variety of community events make this program part of why Owensboro is a great place to live.
“When great teachers work with talented students anything is possible. Our school system’s long-standing tradition of support in the arts makes it possible to achieve excellence with every student. Congratulations to Mr. Klausing, our dedicated students and thank you to our school board and school leadership for ensuring the arts thrive in Owensboro,” said Tom Stites, OPS Fine Arts Coordinator.
This is the second time the Owensboro Band program has been invited to KMEA, the first time being in 2013 when the OHS Red Steel Program was given the honor of playing for the opening of the convention.