This year the Parker School had 27 students chosen to attend the Sixth Annual Elementary Band Festival in Alcester, SD on Tuesday, February 18th. These students spent the day in rehearsals from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and then gave a concert at 4:30 p.m. in the Alcester-Hudson High School gymnasium. The 5th Grade “Blue Band” performed four pieces. Their guest conductor was Bill Hoffman who got his music education degree at Northern State University and taught in South Dakota for 11 years before leaving education to do insurance and investments with the Horace Mann Companies. He has been the owner of the Bill Hoffman Agency in Sioux Falls for over 20 years. He is a singer in the Minnehaha Mandskor, and also plays drums in the band Mogen’s Heroes. The 6th Grade “Gold Band” performed five pieces. They were directed by Dr. Larry Peterson. Peterson served as director of bands at Huron High School and then joined Augustana University in the Fall of 2017. He earned his bachelor’s degree from SDSU and his master’s of music degree in conducting from the University of Manitoba. He also has a doctorate of musical arts in conducting from the University of Iowa. The concert concluded with the 5th and 6th grade bands combining to play two final numbers.
The Parker students who attended this event were: Emma Tuschen, daughter of Alan and Lindsay Tuschen; Harley White, son of Stacy Ihnen; Shayla Evens, daughter of Tom and Vilisa Even; Isabella Webster, daughter of Sean and Tina Gann; Emmie Davis, daughter of Jeremy and Jodie Davis; Landri Dykstra, daughter of Damon and Amber Dykstra; Jersey Lessman, daughter of Tigh and Erica Lessman; Elijah Anderson, son of Mark and Erin Anderson; Luke Travnicek, son of John and Victoria Travnicek; Benson Jones, son of Ransom and Vanessa Jones; Braelyn Berens, daughter of Riston and Tami Berens; Lily Anderson, daughter of Eric and Julie Anderson; Hannah Schaeffer, daughter of Brad and Tanya Schaeffer; Michael Netesov, son of Vitaliy and Inna Netesov; Mara Mohr, daughter of Scott and Jenia Mohr; Cole Smith, son of Tyler and Cheri Smith; Gavin Flannery, son of Corey and Lisa Flannery; Paige Haase, daughter of Dustin and Jessica Haase; Alyeska Petersen, daughter of Kermit and Erica Petersen; Colin Robertson, son of Kaylyn Andersen; Colten Preheim, son of Robert and Rebecca Preheim; Landon Wieman, son of Ryan and Kirsten Wieman; Jonas Sattler, son of Derrek and Tressa Sattler; Wyatt Rand, son of Matt and Josie Rand; Isaac Hofer, son of Shawn and Heather Hofer; Saige Lessman, daughter of Tigh and Erica Lessman; and Dylan Dykstra, son of David and Lori Dykstra.