|Wallace musicians participate in All-Star marching band|
Four Wallace High School students were among 250 high school students from across Nebraska who participated in the 16th annual Masonic All-Star Marching Band, which performed Saturday, June 19 during Shrine Bowl festivities in Lincoln.
Participating were Morgan Jameson, son of Rory and Nora Jameson of Elsie; Paige Kerchal, daughter of Rick and Shelly Kerchal of Dickens; Lane Swedberg, son of Ralph and LaDonna Swedberg of North Platte; and Mark Jameson, son of Darrin and Lisa Jameson of Wallace.
The band members devoted four days of intense practice starting June 15 to learn the music, marching steps and field formations. The band led the Shrine Bowl Parade down Lincoln’s Havelock Avenue on Saturday morning, June 19. It also performed at half time of the 52nd annual Shrine Bowl football game at Memorial Stadium on Tom Osborne Field at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The band members were hosted by the Masons of Nebraska, and were direted by Brad Weber, Dan Sodomka and Dave Bohnert, band directors from Wayne High School, Aurora High School and Wayne State, respectively.
Morgan Jameson and Kerchal received a scholarship from Wallace Masonic Lodge No. 279; and Swedberg and Mark Jameson each received a scholarship from the North Platte York Rite. The scholarships covered the cost of the camp.
“We demanded a lot of the students during the past week,” Weber said. “They responded professionally and worked very hard. That was evident by the high quality shows they performed Saturday. There’s no doubt these young musicians are among the best in the state.”
Coupled with hard work, the members also participated in a pool party, bowling, and a dance. Many are looking forward to the opportunity to use the instruction provided by the band directors when they return to their respective high school bands.
“During the past week, the students had a lot of fun mixed with the hard work of preparing for the Shrine Bowl performances,” said John Parsons, grand master of the Nebraska Masons. “No one, however, lost sight of the main reason for the long hours and hard work. Patients at the Shriners Hospitals for Children will benefit the most from the band’s efforts this past week. We sincerely appreciate their contribution to raise awareness and funds to enable the Shriners to help even more children.”
Masonic lodges support local youth and community projects and humanitarian efforts including a statewide blood drive, child identification program and scholarships, Parsons said.
At the statewide level, the Grand Lodge helps to maintain to homes: The Nebraska Masonic Home at Plattsmouth for Masons and their female relatives, and the Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont.
The combined philanthropic efforts of Masonic-related organizations amount to more than $2 million a day.
Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world and is based on the lessons of living a life of brotherhood and high moral standards as portrayed symbolically in the work of stone masons who built the cathedrals, abbeys and castles of Europe.