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Some of Nebraska’s best band students have the opportunity to play their hearts out this week at the Masonic All-Star Marching Band.
After spending the last four days at the annual clinic held in Kearney, students will practice again Friday before marching Saturday, June 4, in the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Parade hosted by the University of Nebraska-Kearney. They will then perform at the annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl Classic football game during half-time.
Two Neligh-Oakdale students, Wynter Fulsaas and Andrew Sanderson, were chosen to represent the Warrior band. Participants began practicing Monday, and continued practicing up to three times a day for the event. Practices were held at UNK, using both the football field and indoor facilities. Students were provided housing and meals on campus as well. The band members participated in other activities, both on and off campus, throughout the week as well.
According to the band's website, the week long camp was hosted in conjunction with the Grand Lodge of Nebraska, University of Nebraska in Kearney, Eastern Star Chapters, Nebraska Blue Lodges, Scottish and York Rite Bodies, Shrine Clubs, and many individuals and company sponsors. The camp was started by Grand Master Jerry L. Rittenburg in 1995 to grow Masonic community involvement.