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Shrine Bowl All-Star Band returns to PSU

July 21, 2010 12:00AM

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We are very pleased to be having this here, because it gives us a chance to show off our university to these young people, "
~ Doug Whitten, director of athletic bands
burg State University will be the location for this summer's Kansas Masonic Foundation Shrine Bowl next weekend, an event that will bring more than 200 high school musicians from across the state to perform in the 2010 Kansas Masonic All-Star Band.

The Shrine Bowl football game, which rotates to different locations each year, was last held at PSU in 2006. The teams, Eastern Kansas versus Western Kansas, are made up of standout high school senior players from throughout the state. The event is used to raise money for the state's Masonic charities.

Although the game itself doesn't begin until 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, high school musicians performing with the All-Star Band will begin rehearsals at PSU on Tuesday the 27th. Consisting of percussion, brass and woodwind players, the band will learn pre-game and halftime shows, as well as parade marching. The band will rehearse at the PSU practice field and McCray Hall, and will be led by PSU Director of Athletic Bands Doug Whitten and several PSU music majors.

"We use camps like this to develop our student leaders, who are getting great experience," Whitten said. "Everyone is going to be working their tails off."

The student musicians will stay in the dorms and will be chaperoned by members of the Kansas Masonic Foundation. Although PSU's annual Cutting Edge percussion and flag camp isn't being held this summer, Whitten said he anticipates its return next year. In the meantime, he's pleased to be leading young musicians through the experience this summer.

"We are very pleased to be having this here, because it gives us a chance to show off our university to these young people," he said. "The fact that they're raising money for charity is wonderful, because community service an important part of what we do."

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