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Musical youth

Concert showcases county's best

Concert showcases county's best

February 04, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Student musicians crowded the stage Saturday night at North Hagerstown High School for a presentation by the 2007 All County Middle and Senior High School concert bands and Senior High School Jazz Ensemble.

The annual concert is the highlight of Zach Levin's year, the 16-year-old North Hagerstown junior said.

"You meet people you never get to see from other schools and can interact with them," Zach said.

Zach was accepted into the All County band twice when he played the clarinet. Two years ago, he switched to the flute. Saturday night was his first All County performance as a flutist, he said.

Chris Poet was playing a card game with his All County Senior High School Concert Band friends while waiting for their turn to perform Saturday night.

Rehearsing with the All County band is hard, the Clear Spring High School senior said. A guest conductor rehearses with the band, and everyone directs differently, so it's hard to get used to, he said.

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Sean Forrest, a senior at Boonsboro High School prepared for his last All County performance.

"It's a lot of fun being with people from school across the county," he said. "Now I'm friends with lots of them."

Devin Reep, a Clear Spring Middle School eighth-grader, was helping to adjust drums backstage before his first All County Middle School concert performance. He started playing drums two years ago, and likes band class, Devin said.

"It's not like a regular class," Devin said. "You're always doing something (in band)."

Brittany Pettit, 16, a South Hagerstown High School junior, played the euphonium for the All County concert band for the second time this year. She called All County band a "good musical experience."

After auditioning in early January, the All County high school concert band musicians rehearsed Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday to prepare for the concert.

The All County jazz ensemble rocked the house after less than two days of rehearsing with guest conductor Joe Eckert, director of Shenandoah University's jazz program. Jazz soloists stood at the front of the stage for their moment in the spotlight. Two of the jazz performers, Adam Stephens and Matt Baer, were accepted as alternates to the state jazz band.

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