Local musicians participate in annual Masonic All Star Marching Band

LINCOLN– Four Laurel-Concord-Coleridge High School students were among 262 high school students from across Nebraska who participated in the 24th Annual Masonic All-Star Marching Band, which performed Saturday (June 2) during Shrine Bowl festivities in Kearney. Participating were: Cody Martin, son of Justin and Kristie Martin; Matt Nelson, son of Mike and Diane Nelson; Israhel Vance, son of Jay and Ella Vance; Vanessa Vance, daughter of Jay and Ella Vance. The band members devoted four days of intense practice starting May 29, to learn the music, marching steps and field formations. The band gave their first public performance with a public concert at Harmon Park on Friday evening (June 1).


The band led the Shrine Bowl Parade down Kearney’s Central and 1st Avenue on Saturday morning (June 2), and it also performed the pre-game National Anthem and during half-time of the 60th Annual Shrine Bowl football game at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium, on Foster Field, at the University of Nebraska—Kearney. The band members were hosted by the Masons of Nebraska, and were directed by Brad Weber, retired Band Director from Wayne High School, currently Instructor of Percussion at Wayne State College; Dan Sodomka, Band Director at Aurora High School; and Dr. Dave Bohnert, Director of Bands at Wayne State College. Martin received a scholarship from Laurel Lodge No. 248; Nelson received a scholarship from Miriam Chapter OES No. 175; Vance received a scholarship from Laurel Lodge No. 248; Vance received a scholarship from Miriam Chapter OES No. 175. The scholarships covered the cost of the cam


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