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  • Blue Springs jazz band stunned by honor

  • When Anson Long-Seabra saw members of the Blue Springs Board of Education, the superintendent of schools and principal Dave Adams walk into the band room at Blue Springs High School, he thought maybe someone was going to be recognized with an award.

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  • When Anson Long-Seabra saw members of the Blue Springs Board of Education, the superintendent of schools and principal Dave Adams walk into the band room at Blue Springs High School, he thought maybe someone was going to be recognized with an award.
    What happened, however, left the high school senior shocked, stunned and elated all at the same time.
    “I don’t think anyone expected this,” he said of the announcement. “I am stoked to be able to go to California for three days and am happy with this honor for the group.”
    The Wildcat Jazz Ensemble has been selected to perform at the 2013 National School Boards Association annual conference in April at the San Diego Convention Center. The ensemble was selected through a national contest of submissions throughout the United States.
    The ensemble, which just completed the audition process for the 2012-13 season, will open the entire NSBA conference. The conference brings in board of education members and administration from across the country.
    “This is a great honor. More than 5,000 people attend the opening session,” said Superintendent Paul Kinder. “Only the top talent from across the country are accepted. We will be glad to show you guys off because you will do us proud.”
    Tim Allshouse, director of bands at Blue Springs High School, said this is the first time he has submitted an audition tape for the NSBA conference. He said when he was told the ensemble had been accepted, he was in “total disbelief.”
    “We have never taken on a major trip like this before, but I thought it would never hurt anything to apply. I certainly as not expecting anything,” he said. “I think that the pressure will come when we feel like we have to be good right away. I think if we pace ourselves out and do what we know we can do, we will be fine.”
    Senior Andrew Vaughn said he is excited to not only to perform at the conference, but to visit California. A three-year member of the ensemble, he said he loves performing with the group because it is easy to stay on task, and they all have a lot of fun.
    “We have a blast,” he said. “I am not nervous about performing in front of such a large audience because I think we are used to it by this point. This is a pretty big deal for us, and I’m very excited.”
     

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