For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — Two students from Marshfield High School (MHS) will be part of the 2016 Kids from Wisconsin troupe, a group that travels the state and Midwest providing entertainment “to over 100,000 people each summer,” according to the organization’s website.
Jared Coffren, a junior, plays in the jazz and concert bands at MHS under the direction of David Carroll and participates in orchestra and orchestra winds, conducted by Kids alumnus Phil Smyth. Coffren also actively performs with three different music ensembles at his church. This is Coffren’s second year as a Kid.
Sophomore Katelyn Gauerke will be a principal performer with the Kids for her first summer. Gauerke is involved in numerous performing groups, is first chair in the wind ensemble, and receives private lessons from John Hoffman, a music education major from UW-Stevens Point.
Both students will celebrate their hometown show in Marshfield at MHS at 7 p.m. on July 10.
This is the Kids from Wisconsin’s 48th year. Members, ages 15-20, were chosen in statewide auditions held last February.
The troupe maintains a broad repertoire of music that includes American favorites, big band, ’50s-’80s classics, Motown, country, Broadway, and current top hits, filling a tour-hour fully staged performance.
To view Kids from Wisconsin’s entire tour calendar, visit kidsfromwisconsin.org.