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All County schools concert draws full house

February 07, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

An hour before the crowd heard the first note, the North Hagerstown High School parking lot and the best seats in the auditorium were filling fast.

And as the concert time approached, hundreds of teen-agers in their red, white and blue school band uniforms went over their routines one last time.

The best young musicians in Washington County came together Saturday night for the year's largest student band concert.

In all, about 270 students performed before a crowd of almost 2,000 at the All County Middle and Senior High School Concert Bands and Senior High School Jazz Ensemble concert.

"It's a great thing to be able to play with the best musicians in the county," said North Hagerstown High School senior Mac Statton, who plays the baritone, which he described as a small tuba.

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"I like the way everybody is so serious about playing," said Clemence Vidal de la Blanche, a 12-year-old flutist from Northern Middle School.

Carol Henry, who was there to watch her son Daryl play the French Horn with the middle school band, said the concert and music, in general, is another important part of going to school.

"School is much more than just academics," Henry said. "There are so many other ways to fit in and we're just really pleased he is as accomplished as he is."

The 140 students in the middle school band were selected by the band directors at their schools.

The high school students had individual auditions for the 125-member band and the 18-student jazz ensemble.

Susie Kunkle, the music resource specialist for county public schools and the concert organizer, said it made her feel good about the school system's music program to see the auditorium filled for the concert.

She estimated that about 1,930 people attended the concert.

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