Tickets for Band-O-Rama now on sale | Kenosha Unified School District

Tickets for Band-O-Rama now on sale

The Kenosha Unified School District’s 61st annual Band-O-Rama will take place at Indian Trail High School and Academy, 6800 60th St., on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 28, at 1:30 p.m. This event will showcase more than 1,800 students from KUSD’s elementary, middle, high and charter schools.

Tickets may be purchased online at the KUSD Fine Arts web page. All seats are reserved, and patrons can choose between the field house performance venue ($8) or live-feed video auditorium seating ($3). In addition, both the Saturday and Sunday performances will be streamed live on Channel 20 and YouTube. This event traditionally sells out, and tickets cannot be guaranteed at the door.

The year’s guest conductor is Dr. Laura Rexroth, assistant professor and director of bands at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Rexroth conducts the wind ensemble and community band and teaches courses in world music, music education, music history and conducting. She will visit each of the secondary schools on Thursday, Jan. 25, and Friday, Jan. 26, to present clinics and offer feedback to students in preparation for the event. Rexroth will conduct the eighth-grade and high school students for both concerts, and KUSD directors will conduct remaining middle and elementary school groups. Nearly 500 elementary students from more than 20 elementary schools also will merge for this event, which will be the first public performance for the 2017-18 fifth-grade band members.

The event will open with a mass performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” by all students in grades five through 12, and will close with a performance of “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Both mass performances will include the presentation of colors and salutes by the KUSD summer band color guards.

Participating directors and their schools are Karl Mueller, Bradford High School; John Nepper, Harborside Academy; Kenneth Wiele, 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; Jeremy Kriedeman, Lance Middle School; Randy Rovik, Lincoln Middle School; Michael Monk, Mahone Middle School; Lucas Dickinson, Washington Middle School; and elementary directors Kristie Kruse, Matt Maccari, Geoff Poole and Brittany Sebetic. Scott Plank, coordinator of fine arts, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

For additional information, please contact Scott Plank, coordinator of fine arts at splank@kusd.edu or 359-6388.