On Feb. 6, Centennial High School trumpet player Reece Updike and Burleigh Manor Middle School french horn player Keegan McCardell performed at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage in Washington as members of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras.
For the past three years, the Ellicott City students and BYSO members have had the opportunity to play side-by-side in rehearsals with the BSO, receive coaching from BSO musicians and Maestra Marin Alsop, and attend master classes with world-renown guest artists.
Although the BSYO holds an annual May audition in search of the most talented student musicians in the Mid-Atlantic region, only 210 students are chosen to fill the three BYSO orchestral ensembles.
This year, according to BSYO's Alicia Kosack, 75 Howard County students, including Updike and McCardell, were offered membership in the BYSO — a testament to the outstanding music education programs in Howard County schools.
For more information, go to http://www.bsomusic.org and click "Education & Community" tab, then click the "Young Musicians" link followed by the "BYSO" link.
Looking for a place to play chess? The Miller Branch Library is hosting a free Chess Club on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 7 to 8 p.m. Students ages 9 through 17 are welcome to drop by for informal chess play. All skill levels are welcome.
Help save a life by learning CPR. On Saturday, Feb. 21, from 3 to 4 p.m., at the Miller Branch Library, learn about cardiac arrest, how to recognize it's happening, and the three simple steps of hands-only CPR. For ages 9 through 18. Registration is required by calling 410-313-1950.
Save the date! Turf Valley presents the Fabulous Hubcaps in concert on Friday, March 13, at 8 p.m.
For over four decades, the show band has been entertaining audiences with its repertoire of classic rock 'n' roll, Motown, doo-wop and country songs.
TIckets are $28, including a hot appetizer buffet from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Purchase nine tickets and get the 10th ticket free. To purchase tickets, call 410-423-0812. To learn more about the Fabulous Hubcaps, go to thehubcaps.com/.
St. Patrick's Day is around the corner — Tuesday, March 17. Don't forget to email me information about your St. Patrick's Day events or specials.