Best of the West

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. More than 90 band and choir students performed Monday night at North Platte Community College as part of the Best of the West high school music festival.

The festival is in its first year.

The students were nominated by their band and choir directors to be part of the honor band.

"It's different, but it's also really fun because you are playing with these kids that you never even met before and they all enter and they exit at the same time that you do," said Hershey High School 9th grade band student Brooke Bode. "It's something that if you are in a band or a small school and you haven't been with anybody else your whole time then it's a different experience."

Organizers say the unique thing about this event, is this is the first time students are performing together with only one day of rehearsal.

"It's so surprising to me when they can come together, have good blend and good sound, listen and watch me," said North Platte Community College Music Department Director Pamela Koch. "They are not used to my conducting style and how they just kind of blossom and you see these faces that are going "oh my gosh, this sounds so great!"

Students from St. Pat's, Hershey, Sutherland, Wallace, Imperial, Arthur and Cozad are among some of the schools who performed Monday.