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Ferris High School Band gets top award at UIL

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CHANTEL JAMES

The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – The Ferris High School Band competed in UIL concert and sight reading on Wednesday, April 16, achieving Sweepstakes.

The day started off a little sketchy, with two band members getting into an accident with another man. One member, Brian Ellebracht, was unable to perform in the competition; the other, Hamilton Turner, was unhurt.The band, band director Jennifer Kofahl and assistant band director Mark Hendrick did not let that get them down, as most showed attitudes to succeed for Ellebracht.

The band was required to prepare three songs to be performed in front of three judges and then play a piece of music they had never seen before. They received eight minutes beforehand for Kofahl to prepare them as best as possible. On the three pieces they worked hard on for months, the judges gave them straight first divisions and on the sight reading, they obtained two first divisions and one second divisions, which rounds to a first division.

Because the band received a first division for UIL marching season in the fall of 2007, they were awarded with Sweepstakes. Because of their accomplishment, Ferris principal, Jana Giles, will be making them waffles for breakfast.

Kofahl said she hopes to start a tradition in the Ferris High School Band by keeping this up and shooting for more Sweepstake titles in the future.


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