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Junior High Music Students Host District Clinic

High Plains Sentinel of Wright, Wyoming

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On October 30th, The Northeast District Junior High Music Clinic Concert was held at Wright Junior/Senior High School. Upton, Newcastle, Sundance, Moorcroft, Gillette, Buffalo, Tongue River, Big Horn, Hulett, Arvada/Clearmont, and Wright, were the eleven schools students were selected from to participate. Karia Schofield, who currently works for Campbell County High School and helps with the band there, was the clinician for the band.

With about 130 students Schofield directed them through 4 beautifully played pieces of music. The lineup included, "Invincible" by Robert W. Smith, "Afterburn" by Randall Standbridge, "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Robert Sheldon, and "Big Circus March" by Robert E. Foster. This group of students only had one day to put the songs completely together with everyone. "With only having one day to put this all together, these students were a great group to have," Schofield explained.

Retired Clinician Cynthia Barnard led the choir ensemble through 6 arrangements. Starting with "Ove La Musica" by Jay Althouse, the students gave their all to the music. The choir continued on singing a fun rendition of "Coconut" by Kirby Shaw, and a piece dedicated to any hero, "Song of the Unsung Hero" by Martin, Martin. Lastly, the choir joined in unity for "There is Peace" by Jim Papoulis. "Every year I find that kids love to sing songs about peace," Barnard explained, "These songs really resonate with them." About 150 students made all these songs fill the entire room with their talent. "As Kaira said, this was one of the best, hardworking groups I could have hoped for. They wouldn't be here without all of their parent's and family support," Barnard commended all the parents for keeping their kids in the Arts.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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