Members of the Aledo High School Percussion Ensemble will perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis in November, thanks to board approval of out-of-state travel expenses for students last week.
The group is one of just two high school percussion ensembles in the nation to be selected.
“I believe there are 26 kids going,” said Superintendent Derek Citty, adding that most of the costs would be covered through fundraising.
“However, I’ve asked Mr. [Joey] Paul to work up a number as to what they estimate the chartered bus cost will be and see if Mr. [Earl] Husfeld and I can dig up some dollars to pay the difference for airfare so these kids don’t miss an extra day of school.”
This spring, Aledo Percussion submitted recordings from two concerts that were then judged by collegiate professors and professional percussionists, leading to the invitation.
“This is a huge honor for the percussion program as this percussion contest is the largest and most prestigious percussion contest in the world,” AHS percussion director Tanner Trigg said.
The Percussive Arts Society International Convention features more than 120 concerts, clinics, classes, labs, workshops, panels and presentations.
Artists are invited to present and perform. The program showcases all areas of percussion, including: drumset, marching, keyboard, symphonic, world, recreational, education, music technology and new music.
“Mr. Trigg has elevated the percussion group; I’ve been here 21 years, and I’ve never seen it at such high quality,” said AHS Band Director Joey Paul.
“It’s incredible what these students are doing.”
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Parker County Attorney John Forrest will ask county commissioners for additional funds as county budget discussions begin this year; he hopes to hire another attorney to help with an increase in Child Protective Services cases.
Firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges
A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period.
Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.
Developer withdraws site plan
ANNETTA —A controversial 34-home subdivision proposed for a 41-acre tract on Duncan Road will not go forward as planned, according to action taken by both the proposed developer and the Annetta Town Council after a public hearing Thursday night.
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Fires damage business, home
Two separate fires around 2 p.m. July 15 damaged a Willow Park business and destroyed the home of a Weatherford family.
Letter to the Editor
Thursday night, July 17, I was present for a surprisingly interesting experience when State Representative candidate Matthew Britt addressed a small group of supporters, followed by a question and answer session.
ESD 1, Annetta South close on fire station site
Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 and Annetta South officials said Tuesday that the ESD is homing in on a site for a new fire station to serve residents in the Annettas and surrounding areas. Annetta South is expected to consider a zoning change to accommodate a new station next month.
Registration has begun for Aledo ISD
Aledo ISD enrollment for the 2014-15 school year began yesterday, July 21, and students new to the district need to register before school begins, Monday, Aug. 25.
County scrambling to fill elections post
Former Parker County Assistant Elections Administrator Laura Watkins, who sought, but was not appointed to the post of Parker County Elections Administrator after Robert Parten retired, last week began work as assistant elections administrator for Palo Pinto County, Palo Pinto County Elections Administrator Judith Evans has confirmed.
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