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South Carroll roundup: Patriotic Pops Concert at Liberty High gets 'better each year'

This photo is from the Red, White, and Blues Patriotic Pops Concert. This year, another concert featuring great music honoring our active and retired men and women in the military, is set for May 5, 1017 at Liberty High School.
This photo is from the Red, White, and Blues Patriotic Pops Concert. This year, another concert featuring great music honoring our active and retired men and women in the military, is set for May 5, 1017 at Liberty High School. (submitted photo)

Another year of excitement and great music honoring our active and retired men and women in the military is set for May 5 at Liberty High School, where attendees can enjoy a concert featuring amazing artists who will be honoring the people who are fighting or who have fought for this country.

Brandi Jason, the Instrumental Music Director (bands & orchestra) and the Fine Arts fepartment chair at Liberty High School, stated in an email interview that the Patriotic Pops Concert began nearly a decade ago.

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"I wanted a grand concert in patriotic style that honored the men and women of the United States Armed Forces — something truly spectacular that would appeal to the greater Carroll community," stated Jason.

According to Jason, this concert features the entire Liberty instrumental music department, which numbers more than 200 students. She said that the students are talented in various styles of music. The members of the jazz ensemble, full orchestra, symphonic band and wind ensemble perform standard patriotic classics in addition to audience favorites.

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"Quite honestly, this is the 'dog and pony show' of our department delivering high value entertainment that's sure to please," stated Jason.

Throughout the concert, Jason said that they will have visiting guest artists including Glenn Patterson (voice), Leslie Hettenbach (voice), David Duree (alto saxophone) and Nick Reider (trumpet).

Jason said the concert has an emphasis on jazz and modern American composers. Some of the programmed selections include "Sing, Sing, Sing," "All of Me," "Salute to Glenn Miller," "Minnie the Moocher," "God Bless America," "Harlem Nocturne," "The Liberty Bell March," "Trombone Tiger Rag," "Americans We," "Tico Tico," and the "Band of Brothers Suite."

"I'm also excited to thrill our younger audience members with our full orchestra performance of the [original] John Williams 'Raiders March' [from the Indiana Jones movie 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'] and our student guest artist performance of 'My Shot' [from the Broadway musical 'Hamilton'] featuring sophomore Natalie Beller with the symphonic band," stated Jason.

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Beller is a sophomore and is also a member of the jazz ensemble, full orchestra, and wind ensemble. She was introduced to the Pops Concert five years ago when she was in sixth grade and her sister was a Liberty sophomore.

"For the next three years, I was the concert's 'Star Spangled Miss.' Getting to personally meet all the veterans who attended the concerts was a great experience and I was thrilled for the opportunity to be involved in that way," stated Beller in an email interview.

Jason also stated that the concert concludes with "A Salute to the Armed Forces," led by the high school's ROTC program, as service people are recognized and presented with a small American flag when their branch anthem is played.

"Last year, as a first-time musician in the concert, I had a different perspective. My favorite moment was watching the veterans in the audience stand and receive an American flag when their military branch was called. I love playing in the POPS concert and having the opportunity to musically honor all Veterans, especially since both my grandfathers fought in the Army in the Korean War," stated Beller.

Added Jason: "I've been the instrumental music director at Liberty for almost 13 years, and this concert just gets better and better each year. Our students are proud Americans who are incredibly thankful for the service and sacrifice made by the men and women of our United States Armed Services. We give thanks through our music."

Admission to this event is $12 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Liberty Instrumental Music Department. Tickets will be on sale at Liberty High School Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Arrive early as tickets could sell out at the door.

Please note that service people are asked to register with the "Star Spangled Miss" in the front lobby. Throughout the concert, they will be offering complimentary desserts and drinks.

For more information, contact Jason at 410-751-3560. The concert starts at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Liberty High School is located at 5855 Bartholow Rd, Eldersburg.

Hope Lodge Drive aims to help those in need

All throughout April join the South Carroll High School National Honor Society and the American Cancer Society for the Hope Lodge Drive.

The Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their families a free place to stay while they are receiving treatment.

Mackenzie Wenczkowski, a senior and the president of the National Honor Society, stated in an email interview that it is important for the community to support the American Cancer Society (ACS).

"The Hope Lodge is also local as it is in Baltimore. A small donation makes a big difference!" stated Wenczkowski. "The ACS is collecting laundry baskets of donations for the Hope Lodge before Relay for Life, so we decided to do another drive as our winter one was so successful."

The NHS will be collecting kitchen supplies, umbrellas, letter-writing materials, white towels/wash clothes, pillows, gift cards, and Ziploc bags. These items will all benefit the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Baltimore.

Donations can be made in the media center with Mrs. Johnson, in the lobby by Mr. Shea's desk, and in Mr. Joseph's room in South Carroll High School; located at 1300 W. Old Liberty Rd, Sykesville.

Participants will have the opportunity to receive a raffle ticket to be entered in a drawing for two $25 Amazon gift cards. South Carroll High School students should write their name and adviser's name on their tickets.

Churches celebrate Holy Week

Join the Bethesda United Methodist Church and the Brandenburg United Methodist Church at their Holy Week staring April 13. The Bethesda UMC and the Brandenburg UMC will be hosting different services to celebrate Easter and everyone in the community is welcome.

Linda Joyave, one of the coordinators of this event and an active member of the church stated, in an email interview, that they have been hosting this event for a long time.

"It's importance to commemorate Christ's Last Supper with his disciples and his suffering and death on the cross in the Holy days prior to his resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is a time to reflect on God's love and grace," stated Joyave.

Reverend Ernest Thayil and Pastor John Bragg will be officiating the services.

On Thursday, April 13, they will be celebrating the Holy Communion and Tenebrae at the Brandenburg UMC stating at 7 p.m.

On Friday, April 14, they will be celebrating the Good Friday Service at the Bethesda UMC stating at 7 p.m. Pastor John Bragg will be speaking on "Father forgive them for they know not what they do" and Reverend Ernest Thayil will be speaking on "It is finished."

For information about the Holy Thursday service held at Brandenburg UMC or how to become a member, contact Pastor John Bragg at 410-848-7479.

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For information about the Good Friday service held at Bethesda UMC or how to become a member, contact Reverend Ernest Thayil at 301-865-4443.

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Brandenburg UMC is located at 6050 Old Washington Road in Sykesville and Bethesda UMC is located at 328 N. Klee Mill Road in Sykesville.

Sharina Taveras Lopez covers Eldersburg, Sykesville, Mount Airy, Winfield, Taylorsville and neighboring communities. Reach her at st008@connections.mcdaniel.edu.



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