OHS Marching Band moves on to
Directors Abe Barr and Aaron Klausing are rejoicing with the Owensboro High School Marching Band on a successful return to competitive marching band. The Owensboro High School Band qualified October 25th for the KMEA State Marching Band Championship November 1st in Richmond, Kentucky. This will be the first appearance at State for OHS since October of 2007. Competing with the elite bands in Western Kentucky, our OHS Band placed Seventh in the 4A classification. Judges for this event have been selected from the very best music and visual professionals in our region.
This fall has been extremely successful with the OHS band placing First in class 4A at Apollo High School in September followed by First in class 4A at Hopkinsville High School in October. In the Hopkinsville Finals competition, the OHS band placed 3rd overall, placing them amongst the elite bands in Western Kentucky. What makes this remarkable is that this is our first competitive season in three years.
Fans and supporters are urged to follow the Marching Red Devils to Richmond for their 11AM EDT performance in Semi-finals. Their performance site will be Madison Southern High School stadium.
Directions: From Lexington, Take I-75 south, then:
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Teaching music has been a lifelong passion for Corey. She is ecstatic to be the new Music Teacher at Foust Elementary, and to work in a district with strong Fine Arts support.
A long way from her hometown of Lewes Beach, DE, Corey studied Vocal Music Education at two southern colleges; Catawba College and Kentucky Wesleyan College. With a strong vocal emphasis, she participated in auditioned choirs at both colleges. In addition, she was also given the role of Student Conductor. Corey graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.
Corey has worked for LEAD Academy Middle School, a Charter School of Nashville, TN. While there, Corey created two vocal ensembles and taught multiple General Music courses. She is excited to continue the growth of the established music program at Foust Elementary.
Madison McKinney is ecstatic to be the new music teacher at Cravens Elementary School! Originally from Midland, North Carolina, Ms. McKinney holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Kentucky Wesleyan College (May 2014).
As a vocalist, Ms. McKinney performed with the Wesleyan Singers and Chamber Singers. She also participated in several organizations on campus including KMEA and KEA.
Ms. McKinney student taught in the Owensboro Public Schools System under Liz Tullis at Newton Parrish Elementary School and Jenifer Wiggins at Owensboro High School. Ms. McKinney also completed an internship with the Kentucky Youth Chorale under Julie White. She is thrilled to now be joining the OPS Fine Arts team! In her free time she enjoys reading, kayaking, and relaxing at the beach.
Kaitlin Callihan is the new Band Director at Owensboro Middle School North.
Mrs. Callihan is originally from Ashland, Kentucky and attended Paul G. Blazer High School. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Morehead State University ('11) and also has a degree in Clarinet performance from The Ohio State University ('12). While at MSU and OSU, Kaitlin performed with the Marching Band (MSU), the Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band, the Symphony Orchestra, the woodwind quintet, and the clarinet choir.
Prior to teaching in the Owensboro schools she taught middle school and high school choir in the Ohio County Public Schools as well as serving as the Assistant Band Director at Apollo High School.
In her free time she teaches clarinet/woodwind sectionals and lessons for local high schools.
Two Groups of Outstanding Choir Students recognized at OPS Board of Education meeting November 15, 2012:
Studies demonstrate that participating in arts programs can help children read and write better, be more focused in class, raise test scores, develop higher self-esteem, and solve problems more creatively.
An article in Scientific American that outlines the many Benefits of music instruction and training on the developing Brain.
Musically trained kids do better in school, with stronger reading skills, increased math abilities, and higher general intelligence scores. Music even seems to improve social development, as people believe music helps them be better team players and have higher self-esteem. "Based on what we already know about the ways that music helps shape the brain, the study suggests that short-term music lessons may enhance lifelong listening and learning,"
Read the full article at:http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/science-sushi/2012/08/21/even-a-few-years-of-music-training-benefits-the-brain/