By Randy Gonzales
University Relations and Marketing
HAYS, Kan. – It began as a training ground at Fort Hays State University for young western Kansas band students back in the 1940s, and it’s still going strong as one of the state’s music education leaders.

The High Plains Music Camp now also offers a week of summer instruction for middle school and high school orchestra and vocal students. It serves as a recruiting tool for the university as well.

Dr. Ivalah Allen, associate professor of music at FHSU and the camp’s director, estimated as many as half of the students in attendance enroll at FHSU in a variety of majors.

Luis Valencia, a Fort Hays State sophomore-to-be from Leoti, is majoring in music education and vocal performance. He

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