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East Kentwood to host one of the largest marching band competitions in West Michigan

East Kentwood to host one of the largest marching band competitions in West Michigan

The competition will be intense down on the football field, with a stadium full of cheering fans, at East Kentwood High School this Saturday, October. 21. Uniformed players will be suited up in their school colors, every movement planned, with the sole focus of trying for the best performance of the season. It’ll be a lot like the games you see in every football stadium across America, except for one thing, there will be no football.

 

In fact, this is no game at all. This event is the East Kentwood High School Falcon Marching Band Invitational, a marching band competition, and it’s happening from 2:30pm to 10:00pm.

 

It is a musical extravaganza and one of the biggest marching band shows in West Michigan, with twenty high school bands from around West Michigan slated to compete for top honors.

 

Sand Sculpture Contest

Sand Sculpture Contest

The Grand Haven, Spring Lake & Ferrysburg Chamber of Commerce invite residents & visitors to take part in this sand art building activity this Saturday.

After 2 hours of sand creating, individuals, teams & families will be judged and awarded prizes on their unique presentation.

Get your sand sculpture plans & tools in order.The Grand Haven City Beach is the place to be from 8:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, August 13.

Go on-line to www.visitgrandhaven.com for more information.

Retirement Open House for Dr. James Sawyer at EKHS

Retirement Open House for Dr. James Sawyer at EKHS

Kentwood Band and Orchestra Boosters are hosting a retirement open house for Dr. James Sawyer.  The open house will be held on Thursday, June 9th, from 7:00pm-9:00pm in the main cafeteria at East Kentwood High School.   Please join us in celebrating his career as a music educator.

East Kentwood Students Perform with Grand Rapids Symphony

East Kentwood Students Perform with Grand Rapids Symphony

Several students from East Kentwood High School performed recently with the Grand Rapids Symphony at DeVos Hall in downtown Grand Rapids.  These students were selected to participate in the Mosaic Scholars Program for the 2015-16 school year.  Mosaic Scholarships are designed to provide talented African-American and Hispanic instrumental students in the Grand Rapids area with the opportunity to develop their musical skills and to immerse them in the world of classical music.  All of these students have been studying privately with professional musicians from the Grand Rapids Symphony. Mosaic Scholars perform with the Grand Rapids Symphony at the annual Symphony with Soul concert at DeVos Hall in downtown Grand Rapids.

East Kentwood Music Students Selected for Honors Groups

East Kentwood Music Students Selected for Honors Groups

Congratulations to three East Kentwood High School music students who were chosen to perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.  On May 7-9, 2015, they will join the most talented high school students in Michigan for a three-day extravaganza of master classes, exhibitions, workshops and performances at Western Michigan University.

Derek Bartlett (trombone) and Peter Cripps (bass) were selected for the honors jazz band as a result of outstanding performances at the State Jazz Festival.  The adjudicators nominated several students from throughout the state.   A panel of judges selected the top 20 students for the Honors Jazz Ensemble based on their performances.  Tate Schumacher received an honorable mention on trumpet for the jazz band.  Their jazz band directors are James Ross and James Sawyer.

Britton Schwallier was chosen for the Honors Choir by video audition.

The Eclipse Awards Announces 2015 Film and Video Nominees and the Hyperion Award Recipient

The Eclipse Awards Announces 2015 Film and Video Nominees and the Hyperion Award Recipient

News Release:

The 2015 Eclipse Awards, presented by

WKTV, the WMFVA and the Compass College of Cinematic Arts, today

announced its nominees and Hyperion Award recipient voted by jurors– a

diverse group of 20 industry leaders, including award-winning filmmakers,

producers, acclaimed actors, and entrepreneurs. The awards ceremony

to take place on May 7 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in the Cook

Auditorium at 7:30PM. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at

www.theeclipseaward.com or by calling 616.261.5700.

Kentwood Community Church to Sponsor Wyoming Summer Concerts

Kentwood Community Church to Sponsor Wyoming Summer Concerts

The Wyoming Community Enrichment Commission (WCEC) announced today that Kentwood Community Church (KCC) has agreed to an exclusive Title Sponsorship agreement for the 2015 Concerts in the Park Series. In recognition of their support, the series will be renamed to "Concerts in the Park, presented by Kentwood Community Church" for the 2015 season.

Kentwood Community Church is the first full-season sponsor for the Concerts in the Park series.  In addition to renaming the series, the church will also provide activities and entertainment during all 11 concerts scheduled for this year.  Each concert night will have various events, such as family games, kids inflatable equipment, face painting, temporary tattoos, and lots of giveaways, all at no charge.  Follow the series on Facebook (Facebook.com/WyomingCEC) to get up-to-date information on events for each concert night.