The visual and performing arts have been a major focus for the Bucyrus City School District during the 2016-2017 school year, and the district’s Board of Education celebrated the many accomplishments of students and parent volunteers during its regular meeting March 17.
The members of the Bucyrus High School XBand each received commendations from the Board of Education for their recent performances in the 21st annual Tri-C Rock Off at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Students recognized included: Nathaniel Carnes, Jaden Deskins, Graham Ditmars, Austin Edgington, Arledia Hinkle, Austin Johns, Mason Kent, Andrew Mee, Riley Moody, Samantha Murtiff, Marcus Neumann, Bailey Plumley, Tyler Rittenhour, Alexis Schifer, Kayleigh Seiber, Baylee Wilson and Megan Zimmerman.
“This group of students was one of 41 musical groups from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island that competed for the opportunity to win more than $2,000 for our band program,” said Superintendent Kevin Kimmel. “I had the privilege of watching the XBand live and they did a phenomenal job not only performing their music, but representing themselves, our school district and the Bucyrus community.”
The XBand performed in the first round of the competition Feb. 18. The Bucyrus students were one of 12 groups selected to compete in the “Final Exam” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Feb. 25.
“I am very proud of these students, along with Mr. Mark Fiske and Mr. Greg Shifley, for the extra time and commitment they made to perform at their maximum potential,” said Kimmel. “We might not have walked away with the grand prize, but everyone who attended the event left knowing that the XBand from Bucyrus could compete with the big city kids. It was an awesome experience!”
In addition to recognizing the Xband, the Board of Education also presented commendations to the Bucyrus Band Boosters officers. Volunteers who were recognized included: Michelle Ashley, Kim Kent, Mariann Zimmerman and Diana Bloomfield.
“We are very fortunate to have the tremendous support of this group of dedicated parents,” said Kimmel. “They made the extra commitment to make sure our students had everything they needed for the competition in Cleveland, and I am very grateful for their continued support of the performing arts in the Bucyrus City Schools.”
Following the recognition portion of the meeting, the Board of Education approved all agenda items as presented. The next regular meeting of the Bucyrus City School District Board of Education will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Administrative Center Tuesday, April 25.