Hastings College band, choir, embarking on regional tour

Hastings College Music is hitting the road this week, with the Hastings College Symphonic Band and Hastings College Choir embarking on a five-day regional tour of eastern Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.

Under the direction of Dr. Louie Eckhardt, director of bands, and Dr. Fritz Mountford, director of choral activities, the Hastings College Symphonic Band and the Hastings College Choir are leading the tour that includes performances at select high schools in addition to concerts at Presbyterian churches.

The Hastings College Band will play a selection of wind band repertoire that includes “Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo” by Malcolm Arnold and “The Unknown Soldier” by Quincy Hilliard. The Choir will perform from a selection of music that includes “Fairest Lord Jesus” and “Die Geselligkeit (Lebenslust).”

“For many years there has been a desire to get our large music ensembles on a rotation to tour communities throughout Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas,” said Dr. Byron Jensen, distinguished professor of music. “It’s my desire to see this become an annual event for the College Band and Choir, and to also provide other touring opportunities for the Handbell Choir and Jazz Ensemble. It is a major undertaking to plan a tour, but the end results highlight the enormous musical talent of our students, and will promote a positive interaction among schools and churches.”

The tour concludes with a homecoming concert by the Hastings College Choir at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, at First Presbyterian Church in Hastings. The homecoming concert also includes the Choral Union directed by Dillon Beede. The Symphonic Band concert is Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the Masonic Center.

The full schedule, as well as student members of the band and choir, are below.

Tour Schedule

Wednesday, November 7 — Leave campus

Thursday, November 8

8:00 a.m. — Nebraska City High School (141 Steinhart Park Road, Nebraska City, Nebraska)
12:30 p.m. — Papillion La Vista High School (402 East Centennial Road, Papillion, Nebraska)
7:00 p.m. — Presbyterian Church of the Cross (1517 South 114th St., Omaha, Nebraska)

Friday, November 9
10:00 a.m. — Pawnee City High School (729 E St., Pawnee City, Nebraska)
2:00 p.m. — Norris Middle School (25211 S 68th St., Firth, Nebraska)
7:00 p.m. — First Presbyterian Church (325 N. 5th St., Beatrice, Nebraska)

Saturday, November 10
Day out in Kansas City, Missouri, culminating by attending a performance of Show Boat at Musical Theater Heritage (MTH) in Crown Center.

Sunday, November 11

11:00 a.m. — Service at Southminster Presbyterian Church (6306 Roe Ave., Prairie Village, Kansas)
7:00 p.m. — Home concert at First Presbyterian Church (621 N Lincoln Ave., Hastings, Nebraska)

Hastings College Choir
  • Zoe Dahlgren – Axtell, Nebraska
  • Ciara Figgins – Ayr, Nebraska
  • Kami Bumgardner – Blue Hill, Nebraska
  • Emma Maline – Bellevue, Nebraska
  • Whitney Powell – Gering, Nebraska
  • Megan Ellis – Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Hugo Madera – Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Kaitlynn Schreiner – Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Katie Kingsley – Hastings, Nebraska
  • Lydia Meyer – Hastings, Nebraska
  • Avery Muff – Hastings, Nebraska
  • Cale Arent – Murdock, Nebraska
  • Tess Arent – Murdock, Nebraska
  • Aaron Spracklin – Murdock, Nebraska
  • Anna Flairty – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Ivey Zimmerman – Overton, Nebraska
  • Timothy Ellis – Red Cloud, Nebraska
  • John Sample – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Allisa Buck – Shelby, Montana
Hastings College Symphonic Band
  • Bethany Baker – Alliance, Nebraska
  • Ciara Figgins – Ayr, Nebraska
  • Zoe Dahlgren – Axtell, Nebraska
  • Carly Cremers – Columbus, Nebraska
  • Parker Grant – Columbus, Nebraska
  • Keaton Ludwig – Doniphan, Nebraska
  • Jason Remm – Doniphan, Nebraska
  • Nathan Remm – Doniphan, Nebraska
  • Aaron Spracklin – Elmwood, Nebraska
  • Jordyn Brandt – Exeter, Nebraska
  • Bryce Eigsti – Friend, Nebraska
  • Alex Dominguez – Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Hugo Madera – Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Rebecca Riley, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Grayson Baker – Hastings, Nebraska
  • Baily Cantrell – Hastings, Nebraska
  • Benjamin Howie – Hastings, Nebraska
  • Sam Johnson – Hastings, Nebraska
  • Sarah Johnson – Hastings, Nebraska
  • Katie Kingsley – Hastings, Nebraska
  • Avery Muff – Hastings, Nebraska
  • Collin Schnase – Hastings, Nebraska
  • Sidney Waite – Hastings, Nebraska
  • Devon Weinman – Hastings, Nebraska
  • Brooklyn Hergott – Hebron, Nebraska
  • Gabi Rodgers – Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Ian DeBoer – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Paul Erickson – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Kai-Bryana Marshall – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Marisa McCormick – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Katie Thier – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Ivey Zimmerman – Overton, Nebraska
  • McKinzi Johnson – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • John Sample – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Whitney Powell – Holyoke, Colorado
  • Raechel Hoy – Littleton, Colorado
  • Greer Anderson – Peyton, Colorado
  • Virginia Deam-Nein – Wray, Colorado
  • Lauren Newlin – Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.

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