Paying Off

Students participate in state KMEA

Veronica Meiss

The Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) hosted state music events for choir, orchestra and band Feb. 23-25. One student got Gold Band, First Chair horn, which is the best position in the best band.

“When I saw the results, and found out I got first chair overall, I was absolutely thrilled,” senior Justin Stratton said. “I jumped out of my bed and ran downstairs screaming to tell my parents. I called my brother, horn teacher and a few of my friends to tell them. It was great so see all of the hard work that I’ve put in, and the work that my band teachers put in to get me where I am musically, pay off.”

To qualify for the state music event, musicians must first audition and into districts. Then, they qualify for state.

“This is my first time ever making state,” Stratton said. “Last year I had the opportunity to audition, but wasn’t able to due to getting COVID-19 a few days before. That means that this year was my only chance to audition, and I made it!”