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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2011
Kevin Mitchell long ago discovered his love for music. He started playing tuba when he was in the sixth grade. This summer, at age 19, he took it to another level as a member of The Cadets, a drum and bugle corps that competes on the Drum Corps International circuit. After an intense summer of travel and competitions, the corps finished in first place at the DCI World Championships on Aug. 13 in Indianapolis, Ind.   "I have two more years until I age out. I would do it again.
NEWS
By KATE COLEMAN | October 8, 2009
Despite his love of the music of Jimmy Buffett, Maryland Symphony Orchestra principal tubist Daniel Sherlock is not wasting away in Margaritaville. The 47-year-old Sherlock, who grew up in Arizona, shares his Severn, Md., home with his wife, LaGuinn, daughters Keara, 13, and Brenna, 10. Dugan, a 3-year-old Pekingese, recently joined the family. Sherlock started his musical career playing drums in fourth grade, but began playing tuba in high school when the band director pointed to a sousaphone in the corner, handed him a book and said, "Here.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | December 9, 2011
As a tuba player for South Hagerstown High School, Richard Mounts said it can be fun to sneak up behind someone playing the theme to "Jaws. " On Jan. 7, he won't be sneaking up on anyone during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The senior has been chosen to be part of the U.S. Army All-American marching band and will be playing the sousaphone during halftime of the nationally televised football game. "I'm really excited," said Mounts, 17, who lives south of Hagerstown.
NEWS
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | September 12, 2009
Tuba player Scott Sutherland realized the time for change had arrived for Presidio Brass when he found himself honoring requests for the SpongeBob SquarePants song at school assemblies, Presidio's main stomping ground at the time. "We started off as an education-based ensemble," Sutherland says. But instead of offering inspiring music, they found they were merely offering a break from times tables. They thought they could be doing more. "If you asked the kid when they get home what they learned, it's, 'Um, I learned that the trumpet could play the theme from Star Wars,'" Sutherland says.
NEWS
July 14, 2009
-JULY 6, 2009 Mr. Nathan D. Babb, Hagerstown, Md., died Monday, July 6, 2009. He was the beloved son of Dennis and Jean Babb. Born July 23, 1977, Nathan spent his childhood in the New Market and Mount Airy areas. He was involved in the Boy Scouts, Babe Ruth baseball leagues, and numerous bands and orchestras. Nathan earned the rank of Eagle Scout while active in Boy Scout Troop 268, during and after which he volunteered more than 1,000 hours of community service in Maryland and the Southern Rocky Mountains.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | February 2, 2013
More than 200 Washington County middle- and high-school students came together Saturday night for the All-County band performances before a large crowd at North Hagerstown High School. Rob Hovermale, supervisor of visual and performing arts for Washington County Public Schools, said about 130 middle-schoolers made it onto this year's all-county concert band, while about 90 high-school students were selected to perform on the all-county concert band, with several also joining the 19-piece high school jazz ensemble.
OBITUARIES
July 17, 2011
Daniel S.J. Rohrer Jr., circus fan, model builder and tuba player, 78, of Hagerstown, Md., passed from this life Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro, Md. Born Oct. 21, 1932, in Rohrersville, Md., he was the only child of the late Daniel S. J. Rohrer Sr. and Margaret May (Poffenberger) Rohrer. His wife, C. Joan (Fisher) Rohrer, preceded him in death March 4, 1998. Daniel served in the U.S. Air Force as a medic, based in Texas, during the Korean War, and was a graduate of Hagerstown Junior College and American University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Rohrer was employed with the State of Maryland in economic and community development for more than 30 years.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | August 2, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - For 58 of his 87 years, Dave "Palsey" McFadden has been playing tuba with the Hagerstown Municipal Band. As far as band director Lynn Lerew can figure, it's the longest any musician ever has been with the band. "I suspect Dave has more longevity than anyone else," said Lerew, who thinks 50 years was the record prior to McFadden. "He's a big man with a big horn. " The Hagerstown Municipal Band was formed in 1915. McFadden, who lives in Chambersburg, Pa., auditioned and was invited to join the band in 1950.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | August 1, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- For 58 of his 87 years, Dave "Palsey" McFadden has been playing tuba with the Hagerstown Municipal Band. As far as band director Lynn Lerew can figure, it's the longest any musician ever has been with the band. "I suspect Dave has more longevity than anyone else," said Lerew, who thinks 50 years was the record prior to McFadden. "He's a big man with a big horn. " The Hagerstown Municipal Band was formed in 1915. McFadden, who lives in Chambersburg, Pa., auditioned and was invited to join the band in 1950.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | December 18, 2011
Playing flute for the Williamsport Community Band gives Maurice Treacy a chance to continue a hobby that he started more than eight decades ago. "It's just wonderful," the 92-year-old Treacy said as he tuned his flute Sunday before the band's Christmas show at St. James Brethren Church. "I've been in bands since 1927, in other words, 80 years or more. " Treacy, who lives in Martinsburg, W.Va., said he practices about once a week to stay sharp. He said he believes playing the flute helps his fingers stay nimble.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | February 2, 2013
More than 200 Washington County middle- and high-school students came together Saturday night for the All-County band performances before a large crowd at North Hagerstown High School. Rob Hovermale, supervisor of visual and performing arts for Washington County Public Schools, said about 130 middle-schoolers made it onto this year's all-county concert band, while about 90 high-school students were selected to perform on the all-county concert band, with several also joining the 19-piece high school jazz ensemble.
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LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | December 21, 2011
If it sounds like a musical nightmare, think again. It's a performance that can be both moving and fun. Just ask the thousands of people across the country who each year attend TubaChristmas - a holiday program where the trusty brass instrument has a rare solo moment on center stage. The concerts have become a bit of a national tradition, dating back to 1974 at Rockefeller Center when the first event was held as a tribute to the late William Bell, a premier player and teacher of the tuba, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | December 18, 2011
Playing flute for the Williamsport Community Band gives Maurice Treacy a chance to continue a hobby that he started more than eight decades ago. "It's just wonderful," the 92-year-old Treacy said as he tuned his flute Sunday before the band's Christmas show at St. James Brethren Church. "I've been in bands since 1927, in other words, 80 years or more. " Treacy, who lives in Martinsburg, W.Va., said he practices about once a week to stay sharp. He said he believes playing the flute helps his fingers stay nimble.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | December 9, 2011
As a tuba player for South Hagerstown High School, Richard Mounts said it can be fun to sneak up behind someone playing the theme to "Jaws. " On Jan. 7, he won't be sneaking up on anyone during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The senior has been chosen to be part of the U.S. Army All-American marching band and will be playing the sousaphone during halftime of the nationally televised football game. "I'm really excited," said Mounts, 17, who lives south of Hagerstown.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2011
Kevin Mitchell long ago discovered his love for music. He started playing tuba when he was in the sixth grade. This summer, at age 19, he took it to another level as a member of The Cadets, a drum and bugle corps that competes on the Drum Corps International circuit. After an intense summer of travel and competitions, the corps finished in first place at the DCI World Championships on Aug. 13 in Indianapolis, Ind.   "I have two more years until I age out. I would do it again.
OBITUARIES
July 17, 2011
Daniel S.J. Rohrer Jr., circus fan, model builder and tuba player, 78, of Hagerstown, Md., passed from this life Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro, Md. Born Oct. 21, 1932, in Rohrersville, Md., he was the only child of the late Daniel S. J. Rohrer Sr. and Margaret May (Poffenberger) Rohrer. His wife, C. Joan (Fisher) Rohrer, preceded him in death March 4, 1998. Daniel served in the U.S. Air Force as a medic, based in Texas, during the Korean War, and was a graduate of Hagerstown Junior College and American University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Rohrer was employed with the State of Maryland in economic and community development for more than 30 years.
NEWS
By KATE COLEMAN | October 8, 2009
Despite his love of the music of Jimmy Buffett, Maryland Symphony Orchestra principal tubist Daniel Sherlock is not wasting away in Margaritaville. The 47-year-old Sherlock, who grew up in Arizona, shares his Severn, Md., home with his wife, LaGuinn, daughters Keara, 13, and Brenna, 10. Dugan, a 3-year-old Pekingese, recently joined the family. Sherlock started his musical career playing drums in fourth grade, but began playing tuba in high school when the band director pointed to a sousaphone in the corner, handed him a book and said, "Here.
NEWS
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | September 12, 2009
Tuba player Scott Sutherland realized the time for change had arrived for Presidio Brass when he found himself honoring requests for the SpongeBob SquarePants song at school assemblies, Presidio's main stomping ground at the time. "We started off as an education-based ensemble," Sutherland says. But instead of offering inspiring music, they found they were merely offering a break from times tables. They thought they could be doing more. "If you asked the kid when they get home what they learned, it's, 'Um, I learned that the trumpet could play the theme from Star Wars,'" Sutherland says.
NEWS
July 14, 2009
-JULY 6, 2009 Mr. Nathan D. Babb, Hagerstown, Md., died Monday, July 6, 2009. He was the beloved son of Dennis and Jean Babb. Born July 23, 1977, Nathan spent his childhood in the New Market and Mount Airy areas. He was involved in the Boy Scouts, Babe Ruth baseball leagues, and numerous bands and orchestras. Nathan earned the rank of Eagle Scout while active in Boy Scout Troop 268, during and after which he volunteered more than 1,000 hours of community service in Maryland and the Southern Rocky Mountains.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | August 2, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - For 58 of his 87 years, Dave "Palsey" McFadden has been playing tuba with the Hagerstown Municipal Band. As far as band director Lynn Lerew can figure, it's the longest any musician ever has been with the band. "I suspect Dave has more longevity than anyone else," said Lerew, who thinks 50 years was the record prior to McFadden. "He's a big man with a big horn. " The Hagerstown Municipal Band was formed in 1915. McFadden, who lives in Chambersburg, Pa., auditioned and was invited to join the band in 1950.
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