By Amanda Cowherd
Mason Times staff writer
On Wednesday, Feb. 5, Mason High School faculty cancelled all after-school activities. The band teacher, Beth Bousfield, had planned to have chamber music concerts at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to prepare her students for the Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday, Feb. 8. Bousfield emailed parents, offering students the opportunity to practice if they drove through the snow. A few students, including a trumpeter, a pianist and a violinist, showed up and performed for an audience of about 10. Several of these students went to festivals hosted by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association in previous years and scored highly with the judges. With snow forecast for Saturday, students would have to brave the cold again to compete in the festival at Haslett High School.