Forty years ago band director Barry Enzman started his teaching career at Glenelg High School. He is still teaching music at Glenelg, still enjoying getting up in the morning to go to work, and has no immediate plans to retire. On Sunday, Oct. 13, the Glenelg Marching Unit Boosters parent group hosted a party at the Inn at Brookeville Farms to honor Enzman's contributions to the community. More than 150 people attended, including dozens of former students, parents of students both past and present, and friends and peers of Enzman. Six former students who are professional musicians provided the entertainment with their bands. Enzman joined one band and jammed with his former students for about 45 minutes.
State Sen. Allan Kittleman and Del. Gail Bates attended the celebration. They were there to represent the Maryland Senate and the House of Delegates, but were also there as parents of former band students. Kittleman read a State of Maryland Resolution honoring Enzman's forty years of teaching. Bates presented the Maryland General Assembly Official Citation signed with her important title of Band Parent.
Over the years Enzman's bands and marching units have won dozens of awards. In March of 2013 the Symphonic Band earned the highest ratings possible at the countywide high school adjudication. This was the thirty-seventh straight year the band received superior adjudication ratings, a county and state record unmatched by any other school. The band was also named the Grand Champion All Around Band at the 2013 Orlando Festival of Music National Competition.
Enzman personally has been honored with the Howie Award from the Howard County Arts Council, the Teaching Excellence Award from the Howard County Public School System, the Maryland Music Educators Teacher of the Year Award and the Outstanding Educator Award from the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.
Glenelg High School and the Glenelg Marching Unit Boosters are proud that Enzman has chosen to dedicate 40 years of his life to the students at Glenelg. They hope that countless more students will experience the thrill of watching "Mr. E." walk onto the football field, wearing his trademark red shoes, to lead the band in the "Star Spangled Banner" at the beginning of home football games.
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