Band

The new Century Music Department met for a two-day band camp Aug. 3-4. Music and science teacher Becca Yates, second row on the left, and incoming high school music teacher Katrina Walczyk, first row on right, led the camp. Photo by Amber Filbeck.
With less than two weeks before the beginning of the school year, the newly official music department at Century School at Ullin met for its first band camp in more than 15 years on Aug. 3-4.  The band program returned to Century last November after music and science teacher Becca Yates gathered...
Members of the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School Marching Wildcats band’s color guard were practicing last week during a band camp at the Union County school.
Members of the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School Marching Wildcats band’s color guard were practicing last week during a band camp at the Union County school. The camp ran last week and was slated to continue this week.
The Guardians, a drum and bugle corps from Houston, Texas, stopped in Anna Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25-26.
The Guardians, a drum and bugle corps from Houston, Texas, stopped in Anna Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25-26. The corps practiced at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. Sessions were held on the parking lot and on the football practice field at the Union County school. The 150-member band was...
Dr. Peggy Bradford
Dr. Peggy Bradford is returning to her roots in Southern Illinois as the new president of Shawnee Community College.  The search for a new president took place after the retirement announcement of former SCC president, Tim Bellamy. Bradford was raised in the small town of Pulaski and graduated from...
Glen Browning
Olive Branch native Glen Browning has been involved with thumbpicking since he was 8 years old, but he never thought he would be recognized with a prestigious award for his hobby. In September of 2015, Browning received the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame award for supporting musician. Browning...
Century School’s 4th and 5th grade band gave its first public performance at the annual spring concert in Ullin on May 2. Photo by Amber Skelton.
Century Community Unit School District No. 100 in Ullin hosted its annual spring concert May 2. For the first time since the 2009-2010 school year, band performances were part of the program. A lack of school funding led Century to cut the band program back in 1999. A revival attempt was made in...
Egyptian School in Tamms plans to present an annual spring concert on Saturday, April 29, at 6 p.m. The performance will feature the Egyptian Middle and High School band and choir, along with Egyptian band/choir alumni. About 20 alumni are planning to be part of the performance, with special music...
The Dongola School band was recently selected as a recipient of a grant from the Mockingbird Foundation for $10,000 to be used towards the purchase of new instruments. The Mockingbird Foundation, an all-volunteer nonprofit founded and run entirely by fans of the band Phish, announced 12 new grants...
A regional high school band performed March 23 at Shawnee Community College near Ullin. The band featured student musicians from area high schools. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Shawnee Community College near Ullin on March 23 hosted an annual high school regional band performance. The regional band featured high school students from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School, Cairo High School, Cobden High School, Egyptian High School at Tamms, Goreville High School, Shawnee...
The new music instructor at Shawnee Community College, Lee VanAlstine, conducted his first Shawnee Pride performance on Thursday, March 2. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Shawnee Community College has a new music instructor after the retirement of John Windings, who was the music instructor for over 20 years. Lee VanAlstine has been working in K-12 public education in Southern Illinois since 1997, though he is originally from Central Illinois. He received his...

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