Concert showcases music students

February 04, 2002

Concert showcases music students


Hundreds of Washington County's best young musicians performed Saturday night in front of a packed auditorium at North Hagerstown High School.

"This is one of the biggest events of the year," County Music Resource Teacher Rob Hovermale said about Saturday's All County Middle and Senior High School Concert Bands performance.

"It showcases the terrific talent in the county. For the kids, it gives them a chance to see what kind of quality they can live up to," Hovermale said.

More than 1,000 of the musicians' friends and family crowded the auditorium, many carrying video recorders and cameras.

"Just being here is fun," said Caitlin Huntsberger, an eighth-grader from E. Russell Hicks Middle School who was playing the oboe in her first all-county band concert.


"There's no other way to show my talents," said Brandon Strawther, a trombone player in the 11th grade at North Hagerstown High School.

"You get to meet other people throughout the whole county and you get to play with new people," said Strawther, who was performing in his fourth all-county band concert.

"It lets the kids meet other kids in the county interested in the same thing. It's really fun," said Sarah Hurd, an oboe player in the 10th grade at Smithsburg High School.

Hovermale said this is at least the 25th annual all-county band concert.

The 85 high school band members had to try out for their positions in the band.

The 150 middle school musicians were chosen by the music teachers at their schools.

"It's an honor to be the best in the county," said Kara Near, a clarinet player in the seventh grade at Western Heights Middle School.

"It's been real exciting. A definite honor," said Tammy Jenkins, whose daughter, Jessica, an eighth grader at Clear Spring Middle School, was playing the saxophone in her first all-county concert.

Curtis Jones' son, Larry Grimm, an 11th-grader at Williamsport High School, was playing the trombone in his second all-county band concert.

"When you hear him practice at home, it doesn't sound like a lot," Jones said. "But when you hear it all together, it sounds like music."

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