The Glenelg Jazz Ensemble had the experience of a lifetime in Europe, according to Dayton resident Betsy Brown, who accompanied the group as a chaperone.
The students, under the direction of Barry Enzman, were invited to perform six concerts at five different jazz festivals around the continent. Standing ovations ended every performance except the one at Juan les Pins, France, which was cut short by a thunderstorm.
Between concerts the students and chaperones toured towns throughout Germany, France and Switzerland. While they were in Freiburg, Germany, the students stayed with host families from the Freiburger Schüler Jazzorchester. During the 11-day trip, from July 4 through 15, the students performed at the Jazzhaus in Germany, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and Jazz à Vienne and Jazz à Juan in France.
Jazz Ensemble trombonist Mark Carman, a rising junior, said, "The European audience that came out to watch our performances at these great jazz festivals was larger and more supportive than I had expected. We felt like professional jazz musicians. It was a magnificent feeling."
Glenwood resident Sola Fadiran, a rising senior at Glenelg High School, has had a fantastic summer.
Sola was chosen to sing the national anthem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on July 3 at Oregon Ridge. In addition, Sola performed the title role in "Shrek, the Musical" for the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts' Teen Professional Theatre. I saw Sola in one of his appearances as Shrek, and he was great. He has a wonderful, mature voice.
The dog days of summer are here, and that means it's almost time for the 68th annual Howard County Fair. From Saturday, Aug. 3, through Saturday, Aug. 10, your neighbors will be working with animals, exploring a live honey bee colony, competing in a zero-turn mower challenge or a skid loader rodeo, and exhibiting works of art and baked goods.
On Sunday, Aug. 4, you can compete in the pie-eating contest, cheer on the contestants in the cow-milking contest, or watch the Baltimore Marching Ravens in the grand opening parade. At 5 p.m. the 4-H champion baked goods will be auctioned. You can support a 4-H member and the county 4-H program and take some delicious baked goods home with you.
While you are at the fair, stop by the Glenwood Lions Club snack bar for a meal. The proceeds from sales during the week go to help local Howard County charities, and provide scholarships for area students. Members of local Boy Scout troops and 4-H Clubs volunteer to help at the snack bar throughout the week, so you will see friends and neighbors behind the counter.
The Glenelg High School Booster Club will be selling French fries on the midway, next door to the Glenelg High School Marching Band's fried dough stand. By purchasing french fries or fried dough you will be supporting the academic and athletic programs at Glenelg High School. You will also make the students manning the booths very happy.
There is something for everyone at the Howard County Fair, from animals to baked goods, fine arts, farm crops, woodworking and textiles. There are live bands, clowns, a petting zoo and pig races. Take the time to wander through the 4-H Exhibit building, the Farm and Garden building and the Home Arts building and marvel at the varied talents shared by our neighbors.
Have a fun week in our neighborhood.