"You need a certain caliber group do that," Enzman said, noting that "big guns" like Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock perform at such events. "It's not typically for high school bands."

This summer, Enzman will take his jazz ensemble to Europe for the eighth time and one student who's looking forward to the trip is lead trumpet player Rebecca Pfeiffer, 17.

"I went two years ago and it was an incredible experience," Pfeiffer said.

A senior, Pfeiffer is attending Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in the fall, where she plans to double major in music and business.


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"I don't think I'd be majoring in music if it weren't for (Enzman)," she said. "He makes it seem like fun — not a chore at all."

Like Dutrow, Enzman has the hardware to prove his success — rows of trophies and plaques line the band room shelves and tables.

But also like Dutrow, Enzman said he's not in it for the trophies. "Awards and trophies are great, but that's more for the kids," he said. "I've already gotten my piece out of this by taking them on the journey."

His greatest reward, he explained, comes from instilling in his students a love of and an aptitude for music — for example, teaching them to master a new piece.

"To do this as long as I've done it, you have to really enjoy and get into the process, taking them from Point A to Point B," he said.

It's a skill at which Enzman excels, according to the Peabody Institute's Parker.

"One of the great things about Barry is his bands always have this beautiful blended, homogenous sound," Parkers said. "They play so well together — it's almost like a great pipe organ."

Enzman said he did not know how much longer he'd be teaching, though he conceded he was "on the short end" of his career.

But he added: "I still love getting up in the morning, rolling up my sleeves, seeing what's in store for the day. "

'We're the old guard'

Both Dutrow and Enzman had nothing but praise for the students, the community and the school administration for helping them succeed as music teachers.

"The administration's been really supportive of what we do," Dutrow said. "Howard County recognizes that the arts (in the school system) are one of our true strengths, they draw people to Howard County."

The county "really is supportive of the arts, and realizes how important they are," echoed Enzman. "And this community, Glenelg — a big piece of its identity is the band program."

Both of the veteran band leaders, with 74 years of teaching music to Howard County students between them, also had praise for each other.

"We're the old guard," Dutrow said. "What he's done at Glenelg over the years, building that program up, keeping it going, it's amazing."

"We're sort of touchstones for each other," Enzman said, noting that the two chat regularly. "I'll lend him my ear, he'll lend me his. It's helpful."

The Wilde Lake High School Jazz Ensemble will perform at its annual year-end jazz cabaret Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the school.

The Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble will perform at its annual Jazz Under the Stars dinner and concert Saturday, May 18, in Woodbine, with guest star Deanna Bogart. For information, go to http://www.glenelgbands.com.