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Band students hit the right notes at Folly Quarter Middle [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

Two students from Folly Quarter Middle School have passed a rigorous audition to become part of the 2018 Maryland Junior All State Band. Andrew Spang, the director of bands at Folly Quarter, is proud to announce that Amy Hwang and Ocarina Lin were selected for the ensemble. The best seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade band members from all over the state auditioned for these positions, and being chosen is a great achievement. The combined ensemble will practice together and perform in a concert in the spring.

Folly Quarter also had seven musicians who were chosen for the Howard County Middle School Honors Band. Andy Yang, Daniel Zheng, Nick Bakhtiar, Carter Stark, Kayden Tafrishi, TJ Gribble and Will Brewster passed the audition process, and were chosen for the Honors Band. This ensemble will perform a concert at Marriotts Ridge High School on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. along with the Middle School Gifted and Talented Band. Congratulations to all these fine, hard-working musicians.

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Amy Bejm Syversen, the director of bands at Dayton Oaks Elementary School, announces the Winter Band Concert. There will be two performances on Thursday, Jan 11. The first will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the second at 7 p.m. at the school. Both the beginning and advanced bands will play separately and together. This is your chance to hear the band version of ‘Sleigh Ride,’ which celebrates the holiday season for a lot of people.

Congratulations to Glenelg High School senior Jessica Foster who was named the Jim Coleman Honda Howard County Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 10. Jessica helped lead the team to two victories at the beginning of the season. She averaged 26 1/2 points in the two games. In the 69 to 39 win over Century High School, her 35 points was a career high. She then followed that up with a team high 18 points in a 50 to 20 victory over Marriotts Ridge.

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The Glenelg Marching Unit is taking orders for the January Fruit Sale. Oranges, grapefruits, mandarins and Florida honeybells will be available. This is the only month in the year that you can purchase honeybells. The orders are due on Friday, Jan. 5, and fruit will be available for pick-up on Sunday, Jan. 21 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Glenelg High. For more information, and to get order forms go to glenelgbands.com. If you have questions, call Meredith Haussler at 410-598-6885. Support the Marching Unit and treat yourself to some delicious fruit.

If you are one of the many people who enjoy feeding wild birds, and have wanted to learn more about the feathered guests at your feeder, you should attend a meeting of the Howard County Bird Club. The next meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Robinson Nature Center on Cedar Lane. Murray Bakst will be giving a talk on “Bird Sex and Breeding.” The talk will cover the biology of bird reproduction based on his nearly 40- career at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. The Nature Center doors will be unlocked at 6:45 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. There is no admission charge. For more information call John Harris, club president, at 240-755-0183 or go to howardbirds.org.

Condolences to Kathy, Mike, Christopher and Emily Buckley on the loss of their father and grandfather, Samuel Hartley Shearman.

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