Around Boonsboro

February 19, 2008|By KRISTY SMITH / 301-432-8615

It was a big week for band members

Last week was all about the music in our middle and high schools.

Both music programs sent several representatives to the All-County Band Concert at North Hagerstown High School with performances by both middle and high school bands, and the All-County jazz ensemble.

Middle schoolers who made All-County

The following students from the middle school were selected to participate:

Allison Atkins, Shannon McClellan, and Alex Pantos, flutes; Lynsey Miller, Katie Rickerds and Shelby Wallace, clarinets; Allison Davenport, bass clarinet; Fred Funke and Rachel Waugerman, alto saxophones; Ben Gantz, David Heim and Tommy Kersting, french horns; Brandon Redman, Kevin Day and Ryan Tucker, trumpets; Kacey Clark, Omair Akmal and Steven Kurapathy, trombones; Justin Doak, tuba; and Cate Heaney, percussion.

The guest conductor, Kurt Nigh, a graduate of South Hagerstown High School and Shepherd University, is a resident of Smithsburg and is teaching in Frederick County, Md., where he has taught for 20 years.


The Boonsboro Middle School Band is under the direction of J. Michael Beeler and Amanda Kline.

Nine from high school performed

The Boonsboro High School Warrior Band had nine participants in the Washington County Senior High All-County Honors Band.

Musicians involved were Nicole McLaughlin, clarinet; Tyler Austin, bassoon; Jeffrey De Tora, tenor saxophone; John Slick, horn; Matthew Howe, horn; Eric Pearson, trumpet; Sean Clark, trombone; David Adams, trombone; and Jacob Zimmerman, baritone. All of the participants were selected by audition, which was held in early January. Four high school band directors from Washington County conducted the band.

Additionally, Tyler Austin, Sean Clark and David Adams were selected by audition to participate in the Washington County Honors Jazz Ensemble. Matthew Gallagher from the University of the Arts directed the band.

Must be season for class reunions

Lots of class reunions coming up! The Boonsboro High Class of 1988 has launched a search for all classmate addresses and contact information. If you can help with this search, call Shawn (Abbott) Burke at 301-432-6032 or or Julie (Cline) Williams at 301-432-7329 or

Class of 1958?

And, someone is looking for information about a potential 50-year reunion for the BHS Class of 1958. If you are aware of any planned activities, please e-mail

Boonsboro grad doing well on mat

L.R. Neubauer, son of Lauri and Sam Neubauer of Boonsboro, was recently honored at Waynesburg University for a successful four-year wrestling career.

Just before the recent 49th annual President's Athletic Conference Tournament on Feb. 13, Athletic Director Rudy Marisa presented L.R. with a university jacket, and congratulated him on his dedication to the wrestling program at Waynesburg.

L.R. has posted a team record of 13 wins this season. In the category of its a small world, the interim coach for the Jackets wrestling team is Chey Lahew, a graduate of Smithsburg High School.

Don't forget dress swap

Finally, don't forget the dress swap this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the fellowship hall at Trinity Lutheran Church at 64 S. Main St.

For an admission price of $5, shoppers can enjoy a light brunch, and browse through a selection of new and gently used party and prom dresses. Try-on rooms will be available. For more information, call me at 301-432-8615. Proceeds will benefit the youth program at Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Ta-ta for this week.

Keep in touch at or call 301-432-8615 if you have information for me.

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