INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Two members from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter had the great honor of being selected into the National FFA Band and National FFA Chorus. Kaitlyn Garr, daughter of Brian and Karin Garr, a senior at Chillicothe High School was selected to be in the National FFA Chorus. Elizabeth Warren, daughter of Laura Warren, a junior at Southwest High School was selected to be in the National FFA Chorus playing her clarinet.
Nearly 200 FFA members from 32 U.S. states was showcased their musical talents and perform in a special concert today during the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo.
The 87 band and 82 chorus members came together for several performances during the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo today at 5:45 p.m. at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.
To be selected for the band or choir, FFA members must fill out an application and submit a recorded audition to the National FFA Organization. Band and chorus directors go through all applications and recordings and make their choices. With the exception of large marching drums, which are provided by FFA, band members use their own instruments.
Each year, selected members of the National FFA Band and Chorus arrive on the Saturday before convention and rehearse until their first performance, which was on Tuesday. The band also performed during the grand opening of the Expo Wednesday.
The first National FFA Band performed at the National FFA Convention in 1947. Nicknamed the “Mail Order Band,” participants were selected from mail-in applications. The band had 120 members from various states. The chorus and talent program was added in 1948.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.