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Student instrumentalists from North Carroll elementary, middle and high schools will perform together in The North Carroll Area Band Concert at 7 p.m. tomorrow at North Carroll High School.

Manchester, Hampstead and Spring Garden Elementary schools have sent their fifth-grade woodwind musicians, about 100 all together, to joint rehearsals during March. At the concert, the school's band directors, Mark Harrison from Manchester, Mike Hersch from Hampstead and Karen Rogers from Spring Garden, will each conduct the combined band for one of three selections.

A highlight will be the premier performance of "Fanfare and Allegro," written by Mr. Harrison.

It takes about five hours of concentrated effort to write a piece, he said. "The hardest part is writing to the elementary level, writing music that is easy to play and still sounds enjoyable: a catchy tune you want to hear."

Then comes more work, with the score and the musicians who play it.

"The hard part is editing the score and finding mistakes in transposition," he said. "It takes a sight reading or two [for the students] to discover that they're playing what's written and the score is not right."

At Christmas, Mr. Harrison's composition "Hampstead Holiday" was performed at the Manchester holiday concert. "It went over well," he said.

The fifth-grade musicians will also play "School Bus Blues" and "An Evening at the Symphony," which is a collection of classical music themes.

The North Carroll Middle School, led for the first year by Phil Stephenson, will begin their program with a march by Henry Fillmore, followed by concert piece "Blue Ridge Overture" by Frank Erickson, and "Kiss the Girl," a theme everyone will recognize from the movie, "The Little Mermaid."

The middle school band of 50 eighth-grade students includes woodwinds, brass, percussion and one string bass.

The North Carroll High School band, which has played through a blizzard and has temporarily lost band director Gene Bochniak to serious illness, will complete the hourlong concert.

Substitute teacher Al Chambers has taken Mr. Bochniak's place on the podium.

"We're very fortunate to get his help," said assistant principal Jeff Rogers. "He's a substitute teacher but also a retired band director with 27 years' experience, from Franklin Middle School in Reisterstown," he said.

The high school will probably perform selections they played at the District Music Festival before and after the blizzard on March 12 and 23.

NB The North Carroll Area Band Concert has been presented for sev

eral years to large crowds.

"Our goal is that elementary and middle school students see there's somewhere to go," says Mr. Harrison, "that instrumental music is a program all the way through high school. We'd like the public to know that, too."

The Kids Sports Card Show has been rescheduled to take place Monday at Spring Garden Elementary from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The show was scheduled for March 15 -- until the Blizzard of '93 changed everyone's plans.

Chris Painter and Matt Peregoy, both 9 and members of the Carroll Clovers 4-H Club, organized the show for vendors 12 and under. The show will be a chance to buy, sell and trade all types of sports cards.

The show will help both boys with their 4-H community service project. Their 4-H club has been helping Carroll County Food Sunday.

Bring along a can of food for the Food Sunday pantry as admission.


The Women's Club of Hampstead will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church on Main Street in Hampstead.

Ruth Yingling will give the invocation, followed by a program on family life presented by Louise Uhler. Information: Marilyn Gill, club president, 239-6749.


Bring the children to the Garden Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Spring Garden Elementary School, Boxwood Drive, Hampstead. Everyone is welcome.

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