A long-standing friendship will bring the American Rhythm Folk Ensemble of Utah to the small town of Bayard on Wednesday, June 2.
In January, director Twilla Mann called Martha Rawlings, a vocal teacher at Bayard High School, her teenage friend performing together at international folk festivals. She said they would travel across the country and perform at various locations along the way.
“We go across the country one way and back another way, and we just want to stop and play places,” “Rawlings said quoting Mann. “So I said, ‘Hey, my choir is going on tour and we need a fundraiser. Would you like to come and play at Lycée Bayard? “
It wasn’t a question for Mann. She has agreed to bring her prestigious Utah folk group for a fundraising performance to help the Bayard High School Choir travel to Washington DC, to perform at the Lincoln Memorial Centennial Celebration next spring.
The centennial celebration will include several high school musical performances representing each state. Bayard High School was chosen to represent Nebraska.
Rawlings said Bayard’s next performance in DC was due to the legendary reputation of longtime Bayard music educator Sharon Hoffman and her previous work with the selection committee.