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GCHS students qualify for honors choir, band, orchestra

Garden City High School choir, orchestra and band students have qualified to perform Dec. 3 in the district honors performances.

Thirty GCHS students received spots in the Southwest Kansas Music Educators Association District Honor choir at Dodge City High School, including: Rylan Anderson, Bass 2; Christy Donovan, Soprano 2; Danica Galia, Soprano 1; Tristan Garcia, Bass 2; Leslie Jaco, Soprano 2; Valerie Jaco, Soprano 2; Raelee James-Christ, Soprano 1; Kennedy Johnson, Alto 1; Sarah Kuhlmeier, Soprano 2; Juan Lauralez, Bass 2; McKenna Leon, Soprano 1; Emma Lightner, Soprano 1; Kyra Linenberger, Soprano 1; Andy Lopez, Tenor 2; Daniela Loya, Soprano 1; Hayley Loya, Soprano 1; Anahi Martinez, Soprano 2; Savemore Nyamakope, Alto 2; Joslyn Palacios, Soprano 1; Ryan Pilosof, Tenor 1; Michelle Ramos, Alto 2; Darby Reimer, Soprano 2; Arely Resendiz, Alto 2; Kallista Rhoades, Soprano 2; Maria Sanchez, Soprano 1; Juan Soto, Tenor 1; Skylee Stark, Soprano 1; Alexandra Terriquez, Alto 1; Makenzie Torres, Soprano 2; and Chloe Wilkerson, Alto 1.

The GCHS choir director is Abigail Martinez.

GCHS band students will perform in the Southwest Kansas District Honor Band at the 2022 SWKMEA Honor District Band on Dec. 3 Dodge City.

The GCHS students that received spots in the band are Carmen Tewell, Oboe; Ezequiel Lopez, Clarinet; Anna Lobmeyer, Clarinet; Aleah Eatmon, Clarinet; Seth Palacio, Clarinet; Shelby Armstrong (Alternate), Baritone Saxophone; Meara Bergstrom, Trumpet; Emma Banwell, Trumpet; Evelyn Arroryo, Horn; Kyle Miller (Alternate), Horn; Brandon Peterson, Tuba; and Ian Ulrich, Snare.

The GCHS jazz band students will also perform, including: Austin Elam, Alto Sax Alternate; Pablo Aguilar, Tenor 1; Rylan Anderson, Tenor 2; Andrew Moreno, Tenor Alternate; Alonso Guevara, Baritone Sax Alternate; Meara Bergstrom, Trumpet 2; Kyle Miller, Trumpet 5; Gabriel Buruca, Trombone 3; Sebastian Bonilla, Trombone 4; and Anna Lobmeyer, Piano.

The GCHS band director is Lyle Sobba and Andrew Thiesen is the assistant band director.

Twenty-oneorchestra students completed rigorous auditions for consideration in the Southwest and Northwest Kansas Music Educators Association District Honor Orchestra set for Dec. 3 at Fort Hays State University. 

Students who received spots in the orchestra include:

Violin: Delilah Combs, Senior; Arianna Martinez, Junior; Patricia Castillo, Junior; Robert Smith, Freshman; Charlotte Cheney, Sophomore; Noemi Baltazar, Junior; Justin Contreras, Sophomore; Alex Argueta, Sophomore; and Jessa York, Senior.

Viola: Ayden Cruz-Rodriguez, Sophomore; Jasmine Garcia, Senior; Ashley Kingstone, Junior; Julissa Martin, Junior; and Saray Zepada, Junior.

Cello: Colby Cessna, Senior; Annalise York, Sophomore; Braidyn Orebaugh, Sophomore; Bryce Orlich, Sophomore; and Alexa Ceren, Freshman.

Bass: Julia Facio, Sophomore and Devin Richters, Junior.

Several students auditioned but did not make it into the group.  There has been a good deal of growth in all the students throughout this process, which requires a lot of extra practice, dedication, and courage to even audition for this group.

The high schools that were involved in this orchestra event include Garden City, Dodge City, Great Bend, Hays, and Beloit.  The entire roster of students in the ensemble can be found at: https://swkmea.org/?section=hsorch&page=roster2223

The GCHS orchestra director is Summer Miller.

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