New display recognizes Bobcats’ fine arts excellence

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The Honorary Fine Arts Wall is now on display at the Community Auditorium and shows Bobcats who earned all-state accolades from 1979 to 2019. Pictured are MHS Instrumental Music Director Brett Umthun (left) and MHS Director of Vocal Music Amy Ose (right).

Visitors to the Community Auditorium on the Marshalltown High School campus will notice a major change to the reception area of the building. 

The new Honorary Fine Arts Wall is on full display and recognizes Bobcat alumni who excelled in the areas of band, chorus, orchestra and theater over the last four decades. Those named on the wall earned all-state recognition for their skills.

“I think it’s in an excellent position in our auditorium to be seen by community members and outside visitors,” said MHS Instrumental Music Director Brett Umthun. “We host state jazz and state show choir competitions, and I think it’s a great way to show our talents all the way back to 1979.”

MHS Director of Vocal Music Amy Ose said it is good to see current and former fine arts students recognized. She also said the display makes good use of space in the auditorium reception area.

“It looks lovely,” Ose said. “At one time, there was a window here. With the addition of the new gym on the Roundhouse, we lost an entire wall of light.” 

Umthun and Ose said they look forward to continuing to see Bobcats added to the Fine Arts Wall. 

The wall was made possible in part by generous donations to the Marshalltown Auditorium Foundation and we would like to thank our donors for their support.

Current MHS Marching Band students are looking forward to hosting the Bobcat Marching Band Pasta Dinner to raise funds for their upcoming trip to Orlando, Fla. The dinner will be held 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 in the MHS cafeteria. Tickets cost $5 and can be ordered from any high school band student or at the door.