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Wau-Pal band, choir hit the right notes at Spring Concert PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 May 2011 20:32

By Josh Sumner

The Wauneta Breeze


Warm weather gave way to cool melodies during last Tuesday’s Spring Concert at the Wauneta gymnasium.

Featuring the tunes of both the boys and girls high school choir, as well as the WP junior high and high school band, local music lovers were up for a treat.

WP Band Director Aaron Behrends, standing at left, conducts the Wau-Pal woodwind section at last Tuesday’s Spring Concert at the Wauneta Gymnasium. (Wauneta Breeze Photos | Josh Sumner)


The choir warmed up the crowd with melodic renditions of songs such as Martin’s “Come to the Music,” and Schikele’s “Captain Fate.” The band followed with a set of instrumental numbers that included “The Great Locomotive Chase” by Smith, and “Orpheus Overture,” by Offenbach.

Choir soloists Tayler Nordhausen and Jenna Jutten also dazzled the crowd with individual performances, and also joined each other on stage for a duet of the Purcell piece, “Let Us Wander.”

The concert was directed by Aaron Behrends, who was accompanied by wife Sara Behrends on piano. Each is a music teacher for Wau-Pal Schools.


Nordhausen recognized

WP sophomore Tayler Nordhausen was introduced during intermission by Mr. Behrends for her strong performance at last month’s District Music Competition. Nordhausen won Wau-Pal’s first ever Outstanding Performance Award, as chosen by judges at the competition.

Nordhausen says she began taking singing seriously after competing in the Ogallala Music Contest when she was just a fifth grader. She lists Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood as two of her favorite singers, and said she hasn’t ruled out the idea of competing in American Idol herself one day.

Wauneta-Palisade’s Tayler Nordhausen makes the most of her gifted vocal ability during last Tuesday’s Spring Concert. Nordhausen was recognized during the concert’s intermission by instructor Aaron Behrends for her Outstanding Performance Award, which she won last month in McCook.


If American Idol doesn’t pan out, parlaying her singing ability into a college scholarship or career is something Nordhausen says she would love to achieve.

The help of her music teachers, Aaron and Sara Behrends, has also been important in her development. “Both of them have pushed me to do my best,” said Nordhausen. “They’ve helped me tremendously.”