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Welcome MusicFest

A big welcome goes to the many guests of note who are in Ketchikan this week.

The First City is host to the 2019 Region V MusicFest, which started Thursday at Ketchikan High School with about 600 visiting high school musicians from around Southeast Alaska.

Add in the local high school musicians who participate in the Kayhi’s band and vocal music programs, and you have one of those great events that’s special — if not completely unique — to Southeast Alaska.

Region V high schools participating in MusicFest includes Ketchikan, Craig, Wrangell, Haines, Thunder Mountain, Juneau-Douglas, Skagway, Klawock, Sitka, Metlakatla, Petersburg and Mt. Edgecumbe.

That’s an impressive list, not least because it affirms that music education programs continue to be available for many students in Southeast Alaska.

Beyond the myriad benefits of music education for students, events such as the Region V MusicFest provide music students with opportunities to visit other communities and meet fellow student musicians from across the area.

We’re excited to welcome these students — and the accompanying teachers, chaperones and adjudicators — to Ketchikan. It’s great that you’re here, and we hope it’s a great event for all participants,

It also can be a great opportunity for local afficionados of live music. MusicFest will continue through Saturday evening, with jazz concerts beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday in the Kayhi auditorium; and band, orchestra and choir concerts beginning at 6 p.m. on both days. Schedules for what groups will perform when are available on the Ketchikan High School web page at https://www.kgbsd.org/Domain/81.

Finally, we know it takes tremendous effort on the part of Kayhi staff and many others in the community to successfully host an event of this magnitude. In this, Ketchikan has a well-earned reputation for hospitality, and our appreciation goes to everyone involved in helping to make MusicFest 2019 the best it can be.

Great students. Great music. Great event.

Welcome again to the Region V MusicFest in Ketchikan.