Westfahl Selected to National Intercollegiate Band

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KWU student Shelby Westfahl

Kansas Wesleyan University student Shelby Westfahl was selected as one of two Kansas students for the National Intercollegiate Band. Westfahl, who plays the oboe, is from Hutchinson, Kan.  The band is sponsored by Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, the national band fraternity and sorority.

Auditions included a 5-10 minute unedited performance and application process. Westfahl will rehearse and perform at the national conference in Springfield, Mass., from July 21-23. Approximately 92 college students will represent universities from all over the country, out of hundreds who auditioned.

“I am very excited for this opportunity and am so thankful for the education I have received and the support I've had along the way," said Westfahl.

Professor Ken Hakoda, Music Department Chair, was not surprised by her selection.

“Shelby has worked very hard and deserves this honor,” he said. “She has been a dedicated student and this is the culmination of all of her efforts.”

During her time at KWU, Westfahl was involved in the Kansas National Education Association, Kansas Music Educators Association, KWU band, orchestra, and choir, Salina Symphony, Project HERO, and the Percussion Ensemble. She also plays the English horn, flute, and piccolo. Westfahl, a music education major, will student teach in the fall at Hutchinson High School and Wiley Elementary in Holcomb, Kan. She will also continue playing with the Salina Symphony.