“A group that wants to be challenged”

LINGLE – Lingle-Fort Laramie high school and middle school students showcased their skills on Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

The night featured two combined performances, beginning with 7-12 choir singing “A Million Dreams,” and ending with 7-12 band playing a theme from “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

K-12 Music Director Erin Jespersen said students do combined pieces every spring.

Sixth Grade Band, Seventh and Eighth Grade Band and High School Band played two songs each.

Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir, High School Concert Choir and the High School Jazz Tones each sang three pieces.

Several students were recognized for lettering, Musicianship Points, Eighth Grade Honor Band, District Festival, All-State and All-Northwest. The seniors – Jessy Valentine, Eli Asa and and Karlee Sandlian.

According to Jespersen, students have been practicing their spring concert music since getting back from break in January.

Sixth grade does choir in fall and band in spring. Jespersen said students can take the summer after sixth grade to decide if they want to continue the next year in band, choir, both or neither.

Jespersen said, “right now, we’re in a wonderful growth period, and we have bigger classes.”

She has been enjoying directing a large band and said she has not seen a band this size since her first few years teaching at Lingle-Fort Laramie in 2001.

“In a small school [numbers] go up and down, and you enjoy what you have at the time,” Jespersen said.

Jespersen described her current students as intrinsically motivated and wanting to be challenged.

“They enjoy being successful and they want to do better than they did the day before,” she said. “It’s wonderful for the program because it’s motivating younger kids too.”


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