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Lerew marks 35 years conducting Hagerstown band

August 16, 2009

Following Sunday night's final performance of the Hagerstown Municipal Band's 95th season of free summer concerts, veteran conductor Lynn Lerew was surprised with a proclamation from the Hagerstown Mayor and Council marking his 35th year with the baton.

"It was a fantastic concert and a big crowd," said Hagerstown City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman, who was in attendance.

The concert was held at the Peter Buys Band Shell in Hagerstown City Park. Following the presentation, Lerew and his family were treated to a reception on the porch of the Mansion House Art Center just outside the band's archive room.

Lerew is only the fifth conductor in the band's history. His record was exceeded only by the late Peter Buys, who conducted for 40 years.

Born in Bendersville, Pa., near Gettysburg, Pa., Lerew earned an undergraduate degree in music at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, where he was student director of the band, according to published reports in The Herald-Mail. He later earned a master's degree in music education from West Chester State College.

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The Hagerstown Municipal Band gave its first concert on July 15, 1915, at The Maryland Theatre. Lerew joined the band in 1963 as a baritone horn player.

According to published reports in The Herald-Mail, Lerew became director of the Hagerstown Municipal Band in 1975.

The band is expanding its season beyond summer this year with a free pops concert Sunday, Sept. 13, during the Fall Arts Festival in City Park and a free holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church.

-- Marlo Barnhart

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