Westwinds make memories during Colorado concert tour

The Westfield High School Westwinds at Polaris Hall, the United States Air Force Academy.
Westfield High School Westwinds with the Vista Ridge High School Show Choir, Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Westfield High School Westwinds singing group recently completed a concert tour of the Colorado Springs, Colo., area.

While in Colorado, they were hosted by Shawna McQueen, of Vista Ridge High School, and Wes Sparkes, of Eagle View Middle School, who are both Grammy Music Educator Quarter Finalists. The Westwinds were given an opportunity to sing a concert for students at the two schools. They were also treated to performances of the host school’s singing groups, including the Vista Ridge High School Show Choir, which had just the day before won the Colorado State Show Choir Championship.

The Westwinds made other performances at various venues in the Colorado Springs area, including being able to sing in Polaris Hall, at the United States Air Force Academy. Their itinerary also included some mountain hiking and horseback riding.

“It’s so exciting to take our students to literally a different world in the mountains. They sang so well, and just blew everyone away with their talent and their personalities!” states Westfield music teacher and conductor, Kent Knappenberger. The Westwinds had been fund-raised for two years to be able to pay for their tour.

“This is one of the finest ensembles I’ve every conducted at Westfield. It was truly a joy to show them off to another part of the country!” states Knappenberger.


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