KUSD students shine in 62nd annual Band-O-Rama
Kenosha Unified School District’s 62nd annual Band-O-Rama showcased more than 1,800 students from KUSD’s elementary, middle, high and charter schools on Feb. 2 and 3.
The year’s guest conductor was Mr. Robert Sheldon, composer and former director of bands at Florida State University. Sheldon visited secondary schools on Friday, Feb. 1, to present clinics and offer feedback to students in preparation for the event. Sheldon also conducted the eighth-grade and high school students for both concerts while KUSD directors conducted remaining middle school and elementary groups. Nearly 500 elementary students from more than 20 elementary schools also merged for this event, which was the first public performance for the 2018-19 fifth-grade band members.
Keeping with tradition, the event opened with a mass performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by all students in grades seven through 12 and closed with a performance of “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Both mass performances also included the presentation of colors and salutes by the KUSD summer band color guards.
Participating directors and their schools were Karl Mueller, Bradford High School; Zachary Hamilton, Harborside Academy; Jeremy Kriedeman, Indian Trail High School and Academy; Kathy Ripley, Tremper High School; Angela Barone, The Brompton School; Katie Poole, Bullen Middle School; Geoff Poole, Dimensions of Learning Academy; Leslie Cook, Kenosha School Technology Enhanced Curriculum; Matt Maccari, Lance Middle School; Randy Rovik, Lincoln Middle School; Michael Monk, Mahone Middle School; Lucas Dickinson, Washington Middle School; and elementary directors Kristie Kruse, Will Obst, Geoff Poole and Brittany Teschler. Scott Plank, coordinator of fine arts, served as Master of Ceremonies.