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Two WHS seniors selected for 2017 UNL Trumpet Day

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Redding & Pace to join Cornhusker Marching Band for Sept. 16 halftime performance

Wahoo High School is blessed with a very talented Warrior Band, and their halftime performances are a highlight at numerous Warrior athletic competitions. On Sept. 16, some of that talent will be on display at Memorial Stadium in . . .

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Mr. Smith reflects on 2017 NE Ambassadors of Music trip

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12 Wahoo students among 250 on 16-day, 7-country European tour

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories." --Ray Bradbury This past June, 12 Wahoo students crossed . . .

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UNL Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts recognizes area students at Nebraska Young Artist Awards Day

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WHS junior Sydney Holdsworth honored for her talents in music

Lincoln, Neb.-- The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts held its Nebraska Young Artist Awards on April 5. The Nebraska Young Artist Awards annually recognize 11th grade students . . .

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7 Warrior Vocalists selected for area honor choirs

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Celesky, Groff, Knowlton, Polacek, Redding x 2, and Reyes identified among best in Nebraska

Congratulations to the following Warrior Choir Students for their selection into two area Honor Choirs: Wayne State College Congratulations to Lara Celesky, Isaac Redding, Aaron Redding, Caleb Reyes, Caleb Groff, Hannah . . .

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4 WHS Musicians qualify for prestigious 2016 All-State Music!

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Holdsworth selected for All-State Band; Callan, Redding & Redding for Choir (school record!)

For three days, students from all over Nebraska gathered in Lincoln for All-State Music and the Nebraska Music Education Association ’s ( NMEA ) yearly conference. Students are selected for this yearly event based off of a . . .

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Wahoo music students make journey to Chicago

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Students share their talents in nation's 3rd largest city

The Wahoo High School Band and Choir had the opportunity to share their musical talents with a new community May 24 through 26 during their trip to Chicago . “I think it’s important that our students have opportunities . . .

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Tylie Tingelhoff featured on KMTV's Morning Blend television show

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WHS junior performs solo and interviewed about Feb. Honors Choir experience at Carnegie Hall in NYC

WHS junior Tylie Tingelhoff recently spent a week in New York City for the 2016 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall . Tingelhoff was chosen to perform soprano during Carnegie 's 125th anniversary season in February . . .

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Wahoo Royalty visits USD's National Music Museum; competes in 'Rhythm in Red' show choir invitational

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Wahoo crowned Division A Grand Champions!

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, Wahoo’s high school show choir Royalty traveled to Vermillion, SD to compete in the Rhythm in Red Show Choir Invitational. Prior to their eventful afternoon, the team made a stop at the . . .

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Five Warrior musicians leave their mark @ Elkhorn South's Band Olympics

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Holdsworth, Edmonds, Carstens, Moore & Pace's ratings lead Wahoo to 3rd place team trophy

On Saturday, February 20, 2016, five Wahoo band students traveled to Elkhorn South High school to compete in the Elkhorn South Band Olympics. The Band Olympics is a solo and small ensemble competition for band students in 9th and . . .

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Holdsworth performs in 2016 UNL Winter Festival for Winds and Percussion

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WHS sophomore's instrumental talents continue to pay dividends

Last weekend, WHS sophomore Sydney Holdsworth was a participant in the University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s Winter Festival for Winds and Percussion . The Winter Festival is a unique concert band and chamber ensemble festival . . .

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Sydney Holdsworth selected for Nebraska's most prestigious honor band!

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WHS sophomore's audition earns her 1 of 8 saxophone seats

Big congratulations to WHS sophomore Sydney Holdsworth for making it into the 2015 All-State Band !  Students from across the state auditioned for an opportunity to perform in Nebraska’s most prestigious honor band. . . .

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Tingelhoff selected to perform at Carnegie Hall!

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WHS jr. chosen from over 18,000 int'l nominations for 2016 High School Honors Performance Series in NYC

Tylie Tingelhoff, a junior at Wahoo High School, has been selected for the 2016 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall . She will perform soprano during Carnegie Hall ’s 125 th anniversary season in February with . . .

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Talbert selected for 2015 UNL Tuba Day!

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WHS senior selected among state-wide auditions to rehearse with Husker Marching Band & perform at Memorial Stadium halftime show

Tuba Day 2015 Follow Up: At last Friday’s UNL Football Game, 50 high school tuba players from five states joined the Cornhusker Marching Band for their halftime show. One student traveled as far as from Maryland! . . .

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Warrior Band students attend annual exhibition at Memorial Stadium

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Cornhusker Marching Band continues its tradition of excellence

On Friday, August 21, WMS/WHS Band Director Jason Smith took 38 students to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Thousands of excited fans traveled to hear the pride of all Nebraska! The Cornhusker Marching Band put on their annual . . .

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Eight Wahoo High School band and choir students experience European trip of a lifetime

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2015 NAM trip takes 249 Nebraska student musicians/adults to 7 countries

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the . . .

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6 WHS musicians tapped for 2015 All-State Band

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Students join Nebraska's best for Mar. 28 concert @ Norfolk's Johnny Carson Theater

Six Wahoo High School band students auditioned and were accepted into the 2015 Class B All-State Band!  This annual honor band is comprised of excellent band students from Class B programs all across the state of Nebraska.  . . .

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3 students selected for 2015 WSC Honor Band

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Groff, Holdsworth & Pfeiffer chosen from over 600 statewide auditions!

Congratulations to the following WPS students, selected for the 2015 Wayne State College Honor Band: Caleb Groff - trumpet Sydney Holdsworth - alto saxophone Mattie Pfeiffer - trombone On January 31, Groff, . . .

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Wahoo's McIlhaney named Lincoln Symphony Orchestra's 2015 'Young Artist'

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Warrior flutist receives scolarship and soloist opportunity

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce the selection of flutist Lukas McIlhaney as the LSO Young Artist for the 2014-15 season. Lukas, a native of Wahoo, NE, is currently a senior enrolled in Wahoo High School and studies . . .

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Wahoo's show choir selected to back Foreigner

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WHS 'Royalty' selected from numerous entries to accompany famous band in Nov. 14 performance @ Lied

After they took a little time, a little time to think things over , a Lied Center for the Performing Arts panel on Friday found a local choir to back Foreigner during the band’s performance of “ I Want to Know What Love Is . . .

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Newly revived WHS Warrior Marching Band receives "Excellent" rating @ Bennington

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Public encouraged to attend Oct. 18 competition at Ashland

On Saturday, October 11, the Wahoo High School Marching Band performed at the first ever Bennington Marching Competition.  This was the second time the Wahoo Marching Band has performed in field competition since reinstating the . . .

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Warrior Band students enjoy 2014 Cornhusker Marching Band exhibition

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Annual event held Aug. 22 at Memorial Stadium

On Friday, August 22, 40 students and teachers braved the Wahoo downpour and traveled to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Although Wahoo was getting pummeled with rain, Lincoln was bright and sunny! The Cornhusker Marching Band . . .

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McIlhaney places 1st chair at Interlochen's World Youth Wind Symphony!

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WHS senior to perform Wahoo's own Howard Hanson in July 26 live podcast

WHS senior Lukas McIlhaney continues to impress! Of the 10 flutists in Interlochen's World Youth Wind Symphony (WYWS), McIlhaney has earned 1st chair! The 2014 WYWS consists of 75 high school students from 30 . . .

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Michael Leffler & Matt Whipkey rock WHS!

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WHS senior performs self-composed songs to student body, along with noted Omaha musician mentor

A mother’s question back in August turned into a 20-minute rock concert on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 . . . the last day for seniors. Jennifer Leffler popped her head in WHS Language Arts Instructor Larry Fangman’s door a few . . .

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Six Warrior musicians selected for 2014 Class B All-State Band

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Students join Nebraska's best for Mar. 29 performance in Norfolk

Six Wahoo High School band students have auditioned and have all been accepted into the Class B All-State Band!  This honor band is comprised of band students from Class B programs all across the state of Nebraska.  . . .

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McIlhaney named winner of Orchestra Omaha's Young Artist Competition

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WHS junior performs his concerto on Feb. 16 in Papillion (free & open to public)

'O! What a Sound!' Orchestra Omaha holds a Young Artists Competition during the fall of each concert season. The competition is open to all wind, brass, string, percussion, piano and harp students who reside in the state of Nebraska . . .

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WMS student selected for 2014 UNK All-State Honor Band

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Holdsworth performs in ensemble of 350+ of Nebraska's finest

On Saturday, January 18, Wahoo Middle School student Sydney Holdsworth traveled to the University of Nebaska at Kearney to perform with the 8th Grade All-State Honor Band. Holdsworth was one of 82 students from all over the state that . . .

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WMS Choir prepares for fall 2013 musical

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"The Little Mermaid Jr." slated for Nov. 1-3; Tickets on sale now!

The Middle School Choir students are embarking on another exciting adventure as they prepare for their fall production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.” The cast list has been posted and rehearsals will begin as soon as next . . .

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Warrior band students attend annual Cornhusker Exhibition

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Students learning marching band fundamentals at Memorial Stadium

On Friday, August 23, 41 students traveled to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.   The Cornhusker Marching Band put on their annual free exhibition for the public. This is the second consecutive year that Wahoo band . . .

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WHS junior enjoys 16-day June journey across Europe

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Rachael Meyer & Mr. Smith travel/perform with NE Ambassadors of Music

This past June, WHS junior Rachael Meyer went on a 16-day journey across Europe performing with the Nebraska Ambassadors of Music.   The trip consisted of 200 students from all over Nebraska, accompanied by 60 adults.  . . .

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WMS/WHS Show Choirs Bring Home Awards

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Schwimmer Named "Top Male Soloist"

Last weekend both the middle school and high school show choirs brought home top awards and some hardware! The middle school brought home a gold trophy from the NCDA Show Choir Festival, while the high school brought home first place . . .

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McIlhaney Selected for 2012 All State Band!

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WHS Sophomore Earns Flute 1 Part for Nov. 16 Honor Band Performance

Big congratulations to WHS sophomore Lukas McIlhaney for making it into the 2012 All State Band!   Students from across the state auditioned for an opportunity to perform in Nebraska’s most prestigious honor band. McIlhaney is . . .

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WHS Marching Band Performs Well at Annual WSC Parade

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Warriors Bring Home 1st Place Trophy in Class B2

The Marching Warriors made their way to Wayne, NE early on Saturday, September 29 for the annual Wayne State College Band Day Parade.   It was a brisk morning for a parade, but in band uniforms it quickly warmed up. Despite . . .

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Class of 1948 Makes Generous Donation

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Alumni Forward Remaining Reunion Funds to WHS Music Program

A generous donation was recently given to the music department by the WHS Class of 1948. After deciding they would no longer hold regular reunions, the Class of 1948 decided that the remaining balance in their reunion fund should be . . .

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"Amazing Gift" Now a Reality!

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Fine Arts Programs Now Enjoy Benefits of New Performance-Learning Center; Nov. 6 Open House Video Posted

Wahoo Public Schools celebrated its new Performance-Learning Center with a community open house on Sunday, November 6, 2011. Please click HERE to view the open house program. If you weren't able to attend the open . . .

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An Instrument Worthy of a New Stage

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New Grand Piano Delivered Sept. 21 for Learning & Performing Arts Center

On Wednesday, September 21, a wonderful new addition was added to the Wahoo Performing Arts Center Stage: a beautiful brand new Yamaha concert grand piano! WHS Music Teachers Tim Rischling and Julie Baker-Anderson were there to meet . . .

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Warrior Marching Band Ends Year with 6-Day Trip to Washington D.C.

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Band to Perform in May 30 National Memorial Day Parade

The Wahoo High School Marching Band will be traveling to Washington D.C. on Friday, May 27 to march in the National Memorial Day Parade.   The parade will take place on Monday, May 30 at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. We will march . . .

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Wahoo Schools Celebrate "Music in Our Schools" Month with Special Performance

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Video of March 30 Event Posted

Music filled the air on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 as the Wahoo Public Schools' Music Department celebrated “Music In Our Schools Month” with a special performance.  The program was held in the high school gym . . .

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Wahoo Middle & High School Show Choirs Bring Home the Gold!

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Both Groups Come Out on Top at 2011 NCDA Festival in Elkhorn

It was a great day to be a Warrior and a member of the show choir!! On Thursday, February 17, both the middle school and high school groups brought home gold trophies from the Nebraska Choral Directors Association (NCDA) Show Choir . . .

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WPS Breaks Ground for New Performing Arts Center

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Ceremony Also Includes Open House for New Fitness Center

The Wahoo Public Schools held a ground breaking ceremony on June 16 for the new Performing Arts Center, which is projected to be completed by September 2011. The new 750-seat facility will be the first of its kind in Saunders County. In . . .

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McIlhaney shares love of classical music

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WMS 7th grader named Omaha's 90.7 KVNO Classical Kid for April!

It all started with a piano piece played by Lukas McIlhaney’s second grade teacher. Deb Rubesh, a Wahoo Elementary School second grade teacher, played “Canon in D” for Lukas’s class and he fell in love with it. . . .

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WPS Music Department Closes "Music in Our Schools" Month with Celebration Concert

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Two-Hour Event Showcased Talents of Students & UNK Show Choir "Nebraskats"

On March 30, Wahoo High school celebrated music in a big way! The student body, teachers and community witnessed the talent and dedication of the Wahoo music students. March was officially “Music In Our Schools Month,” and . . .

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Three WHS Students Earn Places in 2010 Class B All-State Band

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All-State Concert Scheduled for March 27 at Johnny Carson Theater in Norfolk

Three Wahoo High School students found out this past week that they have been accepted into the 2010 Nebraska Class B All-State Honor Band, to be held on March 26 and 27 at the Johnny Carson Theater in Norfolk, Nebraska. Try-outs were . . .

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WHS Senior Chosen for 2010 UNL Winter Winds Festival Honor Band

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Kayla Coffey Selected for 3-Day, "Extremely Selective" Event

Congratulations to Wahoo High School senior Kayla Coffey on being selected for the 2010 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Winter Winds Festival Honor Band!   She will be playing clarinet in the honor band along with select students . . .

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Joe Nabity Chosen to Represent WHS in 2009 Nebraska All-State Choir

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The WHS Senior Makes His 2nd All-State Festival Appearance in November!

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS goes out to WHS Senior Joseph Nabity, who was chosen for the 2009 Nebraska All-State Choir.  Making All-State choir is one of the highest accomplishments a vocal music student can attain. This is Joe's second . . .

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2009-2010 Show Choir Members Announced!

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16 Boys/18 Girls Make the Cut

2009-2010 Show Choir List BOYS Jake Barry-B Josh Dewberry-T Christian Hohl-B Joe Nabity-T Brandon Gaunt-T Dustin Jaskulski-B Ty Kander-T Justin Lewandowski-B/T Sean Lindgren-B/T Kyle Willis-B Robert Wilson-B/T . . .

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Music Tech Students Record Original Class of 2009 Song

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Student Production Dedicated to Friends Lost

On April 29, the WHS Music Tech students traveled to BASSLINE RECORDING STUDIO in Omaha to record the original song written by the class first semester. The song was written as a dedication to the class of 2009 and also served as a memorial . . .

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High School Show Choir Brings Home Top Honors

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Warriors Take 1st at Viking Cup; 2nd at NW Missouri State

The Wahoo High School Show Choir brought home the 1st place prize at the March 13 Viking Cup Show Choir Invitational at North High School and Omaha, and 2nd place at the February 7 Northwest Missouri State Show Choir Festival. WAY TO GO! . . .

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WMS Show Choir Brings Home 2nd Place Award at Viking Cup Festival

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March 13 Event Held at North High School in Omaha

The Wahoo Middle School show choir is all smiles as they display their 2nd place tropy. The show choir won the award at the March 13 Viking Cup Show Choir Festival at North High School in Omaha. Congratulations! Please click HERE to . . .

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Middle School Music Department Performs Its 2008 Holiday Concert

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On Tuesday, December 16, the Wahoo Middle School Music Department performed its annual Holiday Concert before an audience that filled the Little Theatre to standing room only.  It was great to see so many people include our . . .

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WHS Holiday Concert Creates Postponed Christmas Spirit

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It was Christmas in January as the Wahoo High School performing arts celebrated “A Musical Holiday Celebration.” The postponement of the program, due to a winter storm, caused over 70 performers, and more than 200 friends and . . .

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35-Member WHS Marching Band Beats Out 100+ Member Wayne to Take Class B Title at WSC Competition

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Marching Warriors Led to Victory by Senior Drum Major Janelle Jansa

When the WHS Marching Band sets their mind to something they really go for it, and that’s exactly what they did on Saturday, October 4. The high school band traveled to Wayne, Neb., to compete in the Wayne State College Band Day . . .

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WHS Junior Trombonist Takes the Stage at Omaha's Holland Performing Arts Center

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Joe Nabity Performs with U.S. Air Force Band and Accomplished New York Philharmonic Trombonist

Wahoo High School Junior Joseph Nabity was selected to be one of the “76” trombones to perform at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha on Monday, October 20, 2008.  The “Brass in Blue” of the United States Air . . .

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A Noble Cause with Starr Power

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71-Year-Old Alumnus Rides a Bike to Atlantic City to Raise Funds for New Music Scholarship

On Friday, September 19, 2008, The Wahoo High School Music Department celebrated the departure of 71-year-old and Wahoo High alum, Patricia Eliason-Starr. Starr is representing the state of Nebraska in the annual Ms. Senior America pageant in . . .

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Six WHS Students Earn Places in 2008 Class B All-State Band

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All-State Concert Scheduled for March 15 at Johnny Carson Theater

Six Wahoo High School students found out this past week that they have been accepted into the 2008 Nebraska Class B All-State Honor Band to be held on March 14 and 15 at the Johnny Carson Theater in Norfolk, Nebraska. Try-outs were recorded . . .

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The Wahoo High School Band Competes in Two Recent Parades

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Marching Band Travels to Norfolk and Grand Island

The Wahoo High School band competed on September 22 in the Norfolk Lions Parade and on October 6 in the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest of Harmony Parade.   “These parades are a great way for the band and the . . .

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WMS/WHS Band Students Treated to Visit by World-Famous Indian Musician

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Sandip Burman Breaks from Major U.S. City Tour for a Wahoo Stop

This year, WMS/WHS Band Director Eric Snyder is focusing on the phrase, “It is the Journey that matters in the end,” by Ursla Leguin. The experience of the journey is what students will always take with them the rest of their lives. On . . .

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Two WHS Band Students Earn First Chair in 2007 Class B All-State Band

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Alison Thomsen and Joy Nelson Selected among State-Wide Tryout

Wahoo High School Band Senior Joy Nelson and Sophomore Alison Thomsen performed with the 2007 Class B All-State Honor Band on the University of Nebraska at Omaha Campus on March 17. They were selected through a try out process of all . . .

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WHS Senior Selected as Member of 2006 All-State Choir

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Havelka Earns "Highest Musical Honor" in Nebraska

Each year, over 2,000 of the best high school musicians in the state audition for the Nebraska All-State Band, Chorus, Jazz Band, and Orchestra, which are sponsored by the Nebraska Music Educators Association. Selection as a member of . . .

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