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Reunion of Hurley's music students planned for Oct. 25 in Hagerstown

October 17, 2008

A rather unique reunion is being planned for Saturday, Oct. 25, at North Hagerstown High School and it is destined to be quite melodious.

Since June, a committee of Marvin Hurley's former orchestra students has been planning a reunion for all of his music students from 1963 through 1995 on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Hurley taught his entire 32-year career in the Washington County public schools. He started his early career teaching string instruments in various elementary and middle schools and then became orchestra director at both South and North High. He taught at North for most of his career.

During this time, Hurley also worked with many collegiate and professional groups to enhance the educational experiences for his students.

He led three orchestras on tours of Europe with American Music Abroad. His North High orchestras traveled throughout the United States and Canada to perform and compete in orchestra festivals. He also served as conductor of the Frederick County Youth Orchestra.

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The committee is trying to find as many of Hurley's students as possible.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a covered dish dinner for students, parents and friends in the school cafeteria.

At 8 p.m., there will be an alumni concert in the auditorium and a special tribute for Hurley. The reunion committee is made up of both North and South High graduates.

For more information contact Austin Abraham, reunion chairman, at asabraham@aol.com or call 301-790-1223. Other contact persons are Marianne Gooding (South High) at 301-733-8597 or Kathy Hammond Shrader (North High) at 301-393-4491.

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