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Brian Wieher is the district’s new Director of Child Nutrition Services. He comes to KCPS with more than 20 years of experience in team leadership, project management, public relations and customer service.

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Kansas City Public Schools honored a commitment to the Northeast community, dedicating a memorial at the site of the former Thacher School, 5008 Independence Ave.

KCPS Instrumental Music Students Receive All-District Honors

An eighth grade student dressed in black plays saxophone on a stage lit with blue light.

Gregor White, an eighth grader at Foreign Language Academy, participated in the inaugural performance of the All-District Middle School Jazz Band on Saturday, Nov. 20 at the iconic Gem Theatre. Gregor was featured in "Little Sunflower" by Freddie Hubbard and arranged by Mike Kamuf, which is a high school-level song. Director Clarence Smith thanked the students and their families for persisting with instrumental music during a year of pandemic schooling.


KCPS Instrumental Music students competed in the All-District Band, Jazz Band, and Orchestra Auditions at Liberty High School and Middle School. These students spend months preparing for this event, which was attended by hundreds of student-musicians from as far north as Park Hill, as far south as Belton, and as far east as Blue Springs.

We are proud to announce that the following students were selected for All-District Honors.

From Lincoln College Preparatory Academy (directed by Jason Bata):

2021 All-District Band
Carmen Bata, Clarinet
Isaiah Van Dunk, Baritone Saxophone, 1st alternate
Evan Martinez, Trombone, 2nd alternate
Nadia Alvarez, Euphonium, 1st alternate

2021 All-District Honorable Mention Band
Logan Stanley, Clarinet
Justice Christensen, Clarinet
Monique Fiagan, Bass Clarinet
Isaiah Van Dunk, Baritone Saxophone
Evan Martinez, Trombone
Nadia Alvarez, Euphonium
Albert Turner, Tuba

2021 All-District Full Orchestra
Naomi Kriege, Violin
Sidney Richardson, Violin
Iris Church, Violin

2021 All-District Orchestra
John Crow, Violin
J Buch, Violin
Jaqueline Marquez, Violin
Eoin Harrison, Violin
Patience Christensen, Viola, alternate

2021 All-District Jazz Band
Carmen Bata, Tenor Saxophone, alternate

From LCPA Middle School (directed by Callie Garber):

2021 All-District Middle School Orchestra
Henry Crow, cello

From Foreign Language Academy (directed by Susan Martinez):

2021 All-District Middle School Honor Band
Olivia Smith, clarinet
Gregor White, Tenor Saxophone

2021 All-District Middle School Jazz Band
Gregor White, Tenor Saxophone

These students will be performing beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Liberty North High School. We are very proud of the accomplishments of these young musicians!