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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A young artist at Kendall Elementary School was recently named one of only 36 gold ribbon honorees in the annual Symphony in Color statewide art competition, and several other Marion Community Schools students were chosen among the 100 finalists in the competition.

Kellsie Lee, in fourth grade at Kendall, earned a prestigious gold ribbon. Her artwork will be on display at the Hilbert Circle Theater in Indianapolis through March 26.


A panel of judges selected 100 pieces as finalists, out of more than 30,000 submitted by students around the state. The full display of finalists' work will be open from April 2 through May 4 at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.

All six of the artists submitted from Kendall Elementary were chosen as finalists (including the gold ribbon winner, Kellsie). Several other students from Marion earned that designation as well. The finalists from Marion Community Schools elementaries are:
  • Kolton Andrick, fourth grade, Kendall
  • Amayah Habegger, first grade, Kendall
  • Hailey Mauller, first grade, Frances Slocum
  • Mya Mezick, fourth grade, Frances Slocum
  • Nicholas Smith, third grade, Kendall
  • Da’Vion Speikes, fourth grade, Kendall
  • Karmen Thompson, third grade, Frances Slocum
  • Valencia Vasquez, first grade, Kendall
>> Click here to see a photo gallery of the students' artwork

Marion Community Schools congratulates all of these young artists on their awards, and expresses gratitude to art teacher Karen Fry for the opportunities and guidance she provides all year long to our students!

More than 30,000 students in grades one through six participate in the annual competition, presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association along with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Each year five musical selections are chosen from the current ISO season, and art teachers across the state utilize the selections in a special activity in which students produce artwork inspired by the music played for them.

This year’s musical selections:
  • Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73 (“Emperor”), by Ludwig von Beethoven
  • “Invitation to the Dance” Op. 65, by Carl Maria von Weber, arranged by Hector Berlioz
  • “Music for the Royal Fireworks” by George Frideric Handel
  • Second Movement of Symphony No. 101 in D Major (“The Clock”), by Joseph Haydn
  • “What the Wild Flowers Tell Me” by Gustav Mahler, arranged by Benjamin Britten
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News This Thursday, some of best young musicians in the area will gather together for a special performance as the Grant County Public High School Honor Band.

The public is invited to come out and enjoy this special performance, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in the Rediger Chapel Auditorium at Taylor University in Upland.

In addition to the Honor Band, the Taylor University Wind Ensemble will also perform.

Admission is free!

The Grant County Honor Band will feature some of the top music students at each of Grant County’s five public high schools, Eastbrook, Madison-Grant, Marion, Mississinewa, and Oak Hill. It will also feature a distinguished guest conductor, who will help the musicians hone their skills as they prepare for a special performance. For this inaugural year of the Honor Band, Dr. Al Harrison of Taylor University will be the guest conductor.

Band directors from all five schools have been collaborating to make this opportunity possible for the talented young musicians around the county.

“Grant County is quickly becoming a recognized area for instrumental music, and we are so thankful to be a part of this event,” said Marion High School Director of Bands Joshua Huff. “I'm also looking forward to interacting with the other county band directors and be a part of the development of this event, which we hope to make into an annual tradition.”

Ryan Wamhoff, band director at Oak Hill High School, said the idea has created a buzz.

“There is great energy and comradery amongst the Grant County band directors,” he said. “Each of us can be excited about the growth and direction of our programs as well as those of our peers. It's great to see music programs not only surviving but thriving here in Grant County.” 

Joel Walters, band director at Eastbrook Jr./Sr. High School said that this new event will be a great opportunity for the students and the community.

“This is something that we as directors look forward to, and I am excited to see what comes from this collaboration,” he said. “The event will be an exciting way to recognize the hard working music students in our community.”

Cindy Walker, assistant band director at Mississinewa High School, said this opportunity will help the area’s young musicians grow.

“The Grant County Honor Band will be a great experience for our students. Not only will the kids get a chance to play some great music, but they'll get to rehearse with other outstanding musicians from their own area. It's a great way for our kids to improve,” she said. “The hope is they'll bring their knowledge and experiences back to other students in their respective bands.”

That experience is a key part of why the band directors have been working to develop this opportunity, Huff said.

“I'm extremely excited for my students at Marion to interact with some fantastic musicians from the other county schools,” he said. “One of the things we always tell our students is that while we may be rivals in athletics, music is the common bond that we all share. This will be a fantastic event for our students to learn from Dr. Harrison and the other directors. It will also be a chance for our county to come together and enjoy a concert of wonderful music.”

The newest member of the group of directors, Mykayla Neilson, recently named the director of Mississinewa’s band, said she was thrilled with this new opportunity.

“Not only am I honored to be a part of such a group,” she said, “but I am beyond excited to celebrate talented musicians in the Grant County area.”

Kristin Caudill, band director at Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School, expressed hope for the future of the event and the opportunities it offers.

“I'm excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the other Grant County band directors and to showcase the excellent band programs throughout Grant County,” she said. “This will be an excellent opportunity for our students to learn and perform with their peers from other Grant County schools. I'm looking forward to offering this opportunity to Madison-Grant High School students this year and seeing where this honor band goes in the future.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School and McCulloch Junior High School choirs will present a band festival on Friday, March 9.

Now is your chance to enjoy music from our award-winning musicians! The show starts at 6 p.m. at the Walton Performing Arts Center at MHS, 750 W. 26th St. The event is free and open to the public.

We hope to see you there!

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The open application period for the 2018-19 school year at Little Giants Preschool begins next month!

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School and McCulloch Junior High School bands will present a band festival on Monday, March 5.

Now is your chance to enjoy music from our award-winning musicians! The show starts at 6 p.m. at the Walton Performing Arts Center at MHS, 750 W. 26th St. The event is free and open to the public.

We hope to see you there!

>> Going? Join our Facebook event page and share with your friends!