Young musicians from local schools scale the heights

Folly Quarter Middle School is very proud of its band students, who recently performed in the Howard County G/T Symphonic Band Concert.

Folly Quarter musicians included, euphonium player Mason Banner; trumpet players Nick Baronowsky, Drew Brown, Harrison Wu, Lance Mercy; trombone players Colin Waddington and William Busher; as well as Esther Xu playing the clarinet.

The G/T Band is selected from the very best musicians in the Howard County Public School System by audition. In preparation for their recent concert, these young musicians prepared a difficult program, practicing for ten hours with noted guest conductor John Mitchell (Director of Bands, Catholic University).

The results were simply outstanding! Good work to all these students.

In addition, to participating in the G/T Symphonic Bank, Colin Waddington and Nick Baronowsky have each earned places in the Maryland Junior All State Band! The Maryland Junior All State Band is composed of the best musicians in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades from across the state. This is an especially prestigious honor! Colin earned Fourth Chair Trombone, and Nick Baronowsky was selected as an Alternate Trumpet. Congratulations to these Folly Quarter musicians.

Glenwood Middle School also has several music students that have received recognition for their great work. Anne Xie, First Violin, has been selected to participate in the All-State Orchestra and the Howard County GT Orchestra. Sandy Cho, Cello, has also been selected to participate in the Howard County GT Orchestra. Daniel Li, First Alternate Oboe, has been selected to play in the Maryland All-State Junior Band. Participating the Howard County Middle School Honor Band will be Austin Wieder on the Alto Saxophone, Christopher Reese on the Baritone Saxophone, Nicholas Preece on the Trumpet, and Zach Nitsch on the Trombone.

Dayton Oaks Elementary School is also very proud of its young musicians. From time to time I share news of band students who are scale stars — having memorized and performed the various musical scales. Amy Bejm Syversen, Director of Bands at Dayton Oaks, recently shared some exciting news — two 5th grade musicians have been named as Super Scale Stars. Wenxi Ye and Jeffrey Du have each memorized all of their scales, to include four sharps and four flats, for a total of 10 scales all by memory.

That is quite an accomplishment. We will see if we can add other students to the Super Scale Stars list by the end of the school year.

The Presidential election may be well behind us now, but students at River Hill High School took the elections as another opportunity to learn. On Election Day, River Hill High School students joined their fellow citizens in spirit by casting votes in a mock election sponsored by the student council.

Using netbooks and tablets, students were able to vote on the issues and engage in the electoral process firsthand. The student body, many of whom will be eligible to vote in the next election, learned about candidates and state ballot questions during the morning announcements in the days preceding the election.

The Hippotherapy Center at Therapeutic Recreational and Riding Center, at 3750 Shady Lane in Glenwood, is currently looking for volunteers on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, as well as Saturdays.

TRRC offers a fun volunteer environment, the opportunity to lead and walk horses, as well as horse care and grooming. Contact, or call 410-489-5100 for more information. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older.

Looking to make a donation to help brighten a child's holiday this season? The Triadelphia Veterinary Clinic is a drop of location for Toys for Tots. Please feel free to drop off a new, unwrapped to at the clinic during business hours, before 3 p.m. on December 14.

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