WHS is expanding opportunities for students to enroll in fine arts classes. Wabaunsee High School has recently added a new guitar class that will be taught by current band and choir teacher Jamie Rogers.
At Friday’s home basketball game, 43 members of the K-State Catband joined the WHS pep band in cheering on the Chargers.
WHS band director Jaime Rogers thought the event was beneficial for WHS students.
“Our students enjoyed having the college band,” Rogers said. “I think some were a bit star struck and some just jumped right in and interacted with them.”
The WHS band and choir are tuning up for their 2019 Winter Concert tonight, featuring holiday classics and some melodious newcomers.
The band will perform a french carol called “Echoes de Noel,” “Cartoon Christmas” and “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” The band will also play “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” trombone player senior Luke Stuhlsatz’s favorite song of the set. "It's the most upbeat song we're doing," Stuhlsatz said.
Under new direction, the WHS band and choir will have its opening concert tonight at 7 p.m.
“I’m really excited about finally getting to perform with the band and choir in our beautiful auditorium,” director Jaime Rogers said. “Both groups are going to make some good music tonight. We’re going to perform and it’s going to sound awesome.”
Senior Luke Stuhlsatz and junior Bernice Poulter had the opportunity to play in the K-State All Star Marching Band at the first K-State home game August 31.
“To get into the band we had to be nominated by Mr. Philbrook and fill out some forms,” Poulter said. “Then we had to be chosen by the directors of the band. We were sent the music after we were accepted into the band. We had to learn it before hand and mark it with our movements in the marches.”
Music teacher Richard Philbrook directs the choir at the Mission Valley/Wabaunsee joint concert in March. Current Mission Valley teacher Jamie Rogers will take over for Philbrook next year. Photo by Mikayla Wagner. WHS band and choir teacher Richard Philbrook is retiring after 11 years at WHS. Philbrook began teaching 43 years ago and has made... Continue Reading →
April 10, the WHS band and choir travelled to Louisburg, Kansas to compete in the State Band and Choir competition. The band received a superior I rating for its performance of Brighton Beach and Call of the Wild. The choir, just 2 points short of a I rating, received a II with its performance of... Continue Reading →
Jamie Rogers has been hired as 5-12th grade Band/Choir teacher, starting in the fall of 2019. Rogers grew up near Eskridge, where he attended school through junior high, and graduated from Mission Valley High School in 1995. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree at Kansas State University. While attending K-State, he participated in the... Continue Reading →
Music teacher Richard Philbrook directs the choir on February 13. Philbrook is retiring at the end of the year after 43 years in education. Photo by Kendyl Bolinder Music teacher Richard Philbrook has announced his plans to retire at the end of this school year. Philbrook has taught 5-12th grade at Wabaunsee for 11 years,... Continue Reading →
Former music teacher Sue Yocum directs freshman Sarah Vanstory and the high school choir prior to the winter concert December 17. Yocum took over for Richard Philbrook, who was sick that day. "I was kind of worried, but I knew Mrs. Yocum was a really good teacher. I forgot words at one point in rehearsal, but... Continue Reading →