Rapid City students account for half of All-State Orchestra seats

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Around 150 high school students from across the state will perform in Sioux Falls this weekend for All-State Orchestra and about half of those students are from right here in Rapid City.

Every year 350 to 400 students statewide try out for All-State Orchestra in April, but only 150 are selected.
This year 51 students from Stevens High School made it, which is nearly a third of the orchestra.

Bill Evans says, "I've been here for 39 years and I think 37 of those years we've been the number one placing school for number of all-staters. I think the record we had was around 54 back in the year 2000, but we've been averaging somewhere between 40 and 50 kids each year. So, the orchestra has been pretty consistent and Central's been very, very good as well. I mean, they're right in there behind us with the next group of kids. Between Central and Stevens, we're always well over half of the orchestra."

23 students have been selected from Central High School.
20 students from each school will also perform in the choir portion of the concert.
The concert will take place on Saturday in Sioux Falls and will be broadcasted statewide.