Chieftain Singers spend spring break in Colorado
Kaw Valley League contest, THS results
Lydia Thao and Katy Kolman, girls vocal solos.
Patrick Monahan and Seth Bohanon, boys vocal solos.
Chieftain Singers (Alisha Barnes, Seth Bohanon, Andrew Borgelt, Ryan Brammer, Elliott Brest, Maggie Derzinski, Lacie Falk, Bryson Hewins, Bradi Hilker, Amber Hornback, Chris Jordan, Katy Kolman, Ashlee Lohman, Caila McPherson, Patrick Monahan, Justin Moss, Kayla Oelschlaeger, Drew Scates, Erin Sours, Ashley Stockman, Lydia Thao, Matt Titteringtion and Dalton Torneden).
Alisha Barnes, Maggie Derzinski, Lacie Falk, Bradi Hilker, Amber Hornback, Katy Kolman, Ashlee Lohman, Caila McPherson, Kayla Oeschlaeger, Erin Sours, Ashley Stockman and Lydia Thao, girls ensemble.
Chris Jordan, Dalton Torneden and Matt Titterington, boys vocal solos.
Bradi Hilker, Amber Hornback and Maggie Derzinski, girls vocal solos.
Seth Bohanon, Andrew Borgelt, Ryan Brammer, Elliott Brest, Bryson Hewins, Chris Jordan, Patrick Monahan, Justin Moss, Drew Scates, Matt Titterington and Dalton Torneden, boys ensemble.
Adrew Borgelt, boys vocal solo.
The Chieftain Singers' vocal group had stories to tell when they returned to Tonganoxie after a spring break trip to Colorado.
The Tonganoxie High School vocal group headed west on March 12 for Denver and the surrounding areas.
During the trip, their instructor lost his wedding ring, students got lost on a mountain and the group had the opportunity to meet a cast of a Broadway musical.
For starters, there was the unfortunate mishap with THS vocal instructor Tom Gifford's wedding ring.
Gifford decided to take his wedding ring off so he could feed manta rays at a downtown aquarium in Denver. However, in the process he lost his ring. Luckily, a worker fished the ring out of the aquarium.
"I'm still married, happily," Gifford said with a chuckle.
While skiing at Winter Park, two students became a bit lost on a mountain, but Gifford said the students eventually were located. The group actually left an hour earlier from skiing than members had planned because everyone was quite tired, Gifford said. That turned out to be a good choice, because after they left, more than 21 inches of snow fell there.
"We just got out of there in the nick of time," Gifford noted.
Also during the trip, the group attended a production of "The Little Shop of Horrors" at the Boulder Dinner Theater in nearby Boulder, Colo. After the performance, THS students met many of the cast members.
"That was a really great production," Gifford said. "I think the students came out of there with a better appreciation for Broadway musicals."
Of course, the trip wasn't all about skiing and other entertainment.
The Chieftain Singers - 20 of the 23 THS students in the group made the trip - met with Michael Kornelsen, a professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver.
"He's quite renowned as a director and he was great working with them," Gifford said of the professor's interaction with THS students. "He taught high school and college so he really knew how to relate to the kids."
The clinic was held in preparation for upcoming competitions. The Chieftain Singers participated in the Kaw Valley League contest Saturday at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee and will compete at regionals on April 12 at Baker University in Baldwin. A "1" rating in Baldwin would advance the group to the state contest on April 26 in Andover.
As for the Colorado trip itself, Gifford said the trip meant a lot to the students.
"One of the objectives was to get these guys together and do some bonding and fellowship," Gifford said. "A trip can really bring a group closer together. I really felt like this one did.
"They were so respectful of each other and the chaperones. It was a really fun experience."