By Sarah Thurstenson, Band Booster Communications Coordinator
To be on the Homecoming court at Siloam Springs High School, you either need to be a senior who plays basketball or a senior representative of another sport or voted as a maid to escort the young men who represent these areas. This year there were 20 couples to represent the Homecoming court, January 29. Representatives are honored and celebrated for their athletic achievements and Maids are voted on by their peers for quality of character.
Groups represented other than basketball were, golf, tennis, bowling, swimming and band. Some people really don't look at band as a sport, but try doing what they do during marching season and blowing through an instrument everyday and you would think differently. Ethan Lubera did a fine job in representing the 250 + students in band.
The band students are clearly well loved and respected by their peers because seven band students represented their school in the court this year. They represented different areas, but they are also band members and have been for their high school careers. Heyden Smith - Sr. Tennis Representative, Ethan Lubera - Sr. Band Representative, Grant Penn - Sr. Bowling Representative, Abby Thurstenson - Sr. maid, Abigail Cole - Jr. maid, Yesi Telles - Sr. maid, and Madison Stricker - Sr. maid.
They are some of the brightest students with bright futures ahead of them. Clearly band and music has influenced them in their lives and, in turn, influenced their student body. They make and impact every day when they interact with others.
They are leaders. As much as they are handsome and beautiful, the young men are strong in character and the young women are gracious. The Siloam Springs Band is proud of these young people and look forward to seeing their lives unfold in the future!
The Siloam Springs High School Band Spring Concert Awards Ceremony and Senior Recognition was held Monday, May 4 from 8-9 in the Siloam Springs High School gym. We congratulated our senior students in the completion of an excellent year, honored students with outstanding leadership awards and congratulated Keith Rutledge in his retirement and many years of service. A special tribute to Mr. Rutledge was given to him by the band directors and students. Every student participated in performing a specially commissioned musical arrangement composed by long-time friend and distinguished colleague, Jeremy Doss. This piece was composed and named in tribute to Mr. Rutledge and his outstanding teaching career. "Firecracker" was performed by every high school band student. We commend Mr. Rutledge on his outstanding career. He was well loved and respected in the Siloam Springs community as a professional who loved seeing students succeed in musical excellence. We wish him and his wife, Rhonda, the very best in their retirement adventures.
About Jeremy Doss
Jeremy Doss was born and raised in Bentonville, Arkansas. He is an award-winning composer, a published band composer, and has scored numerous short and independent feature films. Jeremy holds his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Arkansas, his master’s degree in music composition from the University of Arkansas, and an advanced certificate in film scoring from UCLA.
Jeremy's music has appeared in films that have played in festivals all over the world: Canne Film Festival, HBO Comedy Arts Festival, LA Film Festival, Dallas Film Festival, as well as festivals in Egypt, India, France, and various US cities. In 2004, Jeremy won ‘Best Short Composition’ at the 35th Annual Utah Composers Guild Composition Contest for his orchestral work titled “The American West”. Jeremy is also an active composer for school band programs, and has been commissioned by bands in Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana. Jeremy is the former band director at Shiloh Christian School, Springdale, AR and Washington Jr. High School, Bentonville, AR, and is the current band director for the Greenland School District, Greenland, AR.
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