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French horn players continue concert tradition

Pictured from left: front row - Tim Allport, Shannon Lilly, Chandra Cervantes, Rebecca Fitzgerald, Anndra Wilson, Amy Drew, Adam Herbstsomer, Rick Dellinger, Scott Taylor, Shawn Hagen; second row - Collin David, Sarah Dorrance, Kristen Knight-Griffin, Andrew Colangelo, Henry Layton, David Pape, Rachel Seibel, Alex Torres, Scott Joachim; third row - Sister Elaine Davia, Ela Wiswakarma, Andy Noonan, Jason Brodbeck, David Greenberg, Eric Kuhn; fourth row - Jeremy Norris, Beth Torres, Derek Jackson, Kristin Marciszewski, Karl Silberzahn, Alex Wedekind, A.J. Johnston, Dana Hutchinson, Garrett Stair, Justin Drew, music director Phil Hooks and conductor Les Douglas. Not shown: Ed Lanehart, announcer and photographer.
Pictured from left: front row - Tim Allport, Shannon Lilly, Chandra Cervantes, Rebecca Fitzgerald, Anndra Wilson, Amy Drew, Adam Herbstsomer, Rick Dellinger, Scott Taylor, Shawn Hagen; second row - Collin David, Sarah Dorrance, Kristen Knight-Griffin, Andrew Colangelo, Henry Layton, David Pape, Rachel Seibel, Alex Torres, Scott Joachim; third row - Sister Elaine Davia, Ela Wiswakarma, Andy Noonan, Jason Brodbeck, David Greenberg, Eric Kuhn; fourth row - Jeremy Norris, Beth Torres, Derek Jackson, Kristin Marciszewski, Karl Silberzahn, Alex Wedekind, A.J. Johnston, Dana Hutchinson, Garrett Stair, Justin Drew, music director Phil Hooks and conductor Les Douglas. Not shown: Ed Lanehart, announcer and photographer. (Submitted photo , Carroll County Times)

The Holiday Horns, a multi-generational group of skilled French horn players, presented its annual Christmas concert at TownMall of Westminster Dec. 21.

The group is composed mostly of current or former students of its music director, Phil Hooks. Also joining in are friends and colleagues of Hooks.

This year there were 36 participants. New members included Shawn Hagen, of the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" in Washington, D.C. Hagan also performs with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. He is on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory and the American University. Another new member, Chandra Cervantes, performs with the Washington Symphonic Brass and is a freelance player who frequently performs with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Ballet Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The program included familiar carols, holiday tunes and Hanukkah songs arranged by Holiday Horns member Scott Taylor. Its signature selections have been "O Holy Night" and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah." New this year was "Let There Be Peace on Earth," also arranged by Taylor.

After the mall concert, the players and their families were treated to a luncheon catered by Chick-fil-A, after which they proceeded to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport for a repeat performance of the mall concert.

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