These Churubusco Elementary students participated in the Circle the State With Song festival at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in February. The students learned seven pieces of music in advance, then spent the day rehearsing with over 200 other elementary students under the guidance of guest conductor Pam Pierson. The festival concluded with a public concert, sponsored by the Indiana Music Educators Association. Pictured in front, from left, are: Katie Jacquay, Gabby Grabach, Kylie Mapes and Starla Summers. In row two are: Gabby Orth, Bailey Ballinger, Amelia Refeld, Mace Hart, HollySue Holmes and Addison Reed. Row three: Lucy Weigold, Jaylyn Shively, Katie Driebelbis, Briella Vasquez and Manny Serano. Row four: Ethan Hess, Audrey Burgess, Drake Richards and Luke Hile.
Three Churubusco Elementary School groups performed in the FAME festival at the Grand Wayne Center March 17. The Turtle Town Turners showed off their jumping skills to the delight of the audience, as they clapped along. The Churubusco Chimers presented a wide variety of songs, including folk songs that the audience recognized, and new favorites, like Westminster Chimes with its special effects. The Soundmasters choir filled the Grand Wayne Center with a wall of sound, fun choreography and an upbeat performance. Their favorite song was singing, “Candle on the Water,” with soloist Dan Hile, who also serves as the superintendent of Smith-Green Community Schools. Student artwork from CES was also on display at the FAME festival.