Lovell High School hosts music festival

Lovell High School will be swarming with musicians this weekend as Lovell hosts the North Big Horn Basin Music Festival.

LHS choir director Linnea Dickson said the festival rotates among Big Horn Basin high schools, and each school is supposed to host the festival every seven years. But it has been longer than that for Lovell. LHS was in line to host the festival two years ago, but the remodeling project at the high school delayed Lovell’s turn until this year.

Lovell High School freshman Brent Snyder plays the baritone saxophone during the Lovell band pre-festival concert on Thursday, April 9. Band and choir members from around the Big Horn Basin will converge on Lovell this weekend for the North Big Horn Basin Music Festival, hosted this year by LHS. Tom Whicker photo

Lovell High School freshman Brent Snyder plays the baritone saxophone during the Lovell band pre-festival concert on Thursday, April 9. Band and choir members from around the Big Horn Basin will converge on Lovell this weekend for the North Big Horn Basin Music Festival, hosted this year by LHS.
Tom Whicker photo

Large groups will perform Friday starting at 8:30 a.m., with choirs performing in the new LHS Multi-purpose Room and bands performing in the LHS Johnny Winterholler Gymnasium.

As for local groups, the Lovell Concert Choir performs at 9 a.m. Friday, followed by the Lovell Jazz Band at 10:30 a.m., the Lovell Swing Choir at 1 p.m., the Rocky Mountain Choir at 1:30, the Lovell Concert Band at 2 p.m. and the Rocky Mountain Band at 3:30.

Judges are Chuck Brumbraugh (band) and Jesse Willie (vocal) of Lyman, Kurt Sand (both) and Kari Allred (vocal) of Star Valley, Sharon Reetz (vocal) of Kemmerer and Don Christman (band) of Northwest College.

Solos and small ensembles will perform Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. in classrooms at LHS. There are six “centers,” Dickson said, three vocal, two instrumental and both vocal and instrumental in the multi-purpose room.

Dickson said a number of LHS students have signed up to work during the festival, and she also said she appreciates the help of the custodial staff, Lovell Elementary School music director Chauna Bischoff and Suzie Winterholler, who will work the main office at the high school on Saturday.

Dickson said she hopes people will come see the groups perform.

“It’s nice to have it. It’s a good opportunity for us to be able to hear other groups,” Dickson said. “People ought to come and enjoy the festival. It’s nice to have the opportunity to hear other bands and choirs.”

Here’s the complete Friday schedule:

Choir, LHS Multi-purpose room

8:30 a.m. – Powell Singers

9 a.m. – Lovell Concert Choir

9:30 a.m. – Greybull Choir

10 a.m. – Cody Singing Ensemble

10:30 a.m. – Worland Concert Choir

11 a.m. – Powell Concert Choir

11:30 a.m. – Greybull Choir

1 p.m. – Lovell Swing Choir

1:30 p.m. – Rocky Mountain Choir

2 p.m. – Cody Synergy

2:30 p.m. – Worland Marshazz

3 p.m. – Thermopolis Choir

3:30 p.m. – Greybull Choir

4 p.m. – Cody Equestria

4:30 p.m. – Powell Erocne

Band, LHS Gymnasium

8:30 a.m. – Cody Jazz Band

9 a.m. – Worland Jazz Band

9:30 a.m. – Meeteetse Jazz Band

10 a.m. – Powell Jazz Band

10:30 a.m. – Lovell Jazz Band

11 a.m. – Cody Band

11:30 a.m. – Thermopolis Band

1 p.m. – Worland Symphonic Band

1:30 p.m. – Burlington Band

2 p.m. – Lovell Concert Band

2:30 p.m. – Greybull Band

3 p.m. – Powell Concert Band

3:30 p.m. – Rocky Mountain Band

4 p.m. – Worland Drum Line

By David Peck

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