Noted jazz musician William "Count" Basie died in 1984 at the age of 80, but his legacy and music live on in the Count Basie Orchestra. This orchestra blends the best elements of blues, classical and swing music to please audiences the world over.
At 8 p.m. Jan. 26, the Count Basie Orchestra will fill the auditorium at Glenelg High School with the same sounds that won the group 15 Grammy Awards. This group has played for presidents and the Queen of England, for inaugurals, at Radio City Music Hall and on television programs. Now you can hear this Jazz Hall of Fame orchestra right here.
The award-winning Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Barry P. Enzman, will open for the Count Basie Orchestra concert.
To order $15 advance tickets, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a check made out to Glenelg High School to Barry P. Enzman, Glenelg High School, 14025 Burnt Woods Road, Glenelg 21737. Tickets at the door, if available, will cost $18 each.
Have you ever seen a Cub Scout Raingutter Regatta? If not, you've missed some real fun. The races are similar to the famous Pinewood Derby that most Cub Scout Packs hold each year, but in the regatta, the boys use boats.
They design, construct and paint small sailboats, which they race in water-filled rain gutters. Each scout provides his own breeze by blowing on the sail of his boat. Boats race in pairs, with the winners going on to another heat.
Pack 702 of Highland sailed away before the holidays. Webelo Jesse Harkins' boat darted to a first place finish in the pack. Webelo Peter Perantonakis placed second, and Bear Josh Hatfield came in third. Winning first place in their dens were Gideon Kaplan, Daniel Price, Sean Harkins, Michael Clements, Josh Hatfield, Peter Perantonakis, Jesse Harkins and Damon Earp.
When Oct. 31 rolled around, many Glenwood Middle School students were anticipating more than trick or treating. It was audition day for the gifted and talented middle school band. Students prepared for their auditions for weeks, and for 14 Glenwood students, their preparation paid off.
Andrius Vaskys and Sara Miller will play clarinet. Craig Wowkanyn is first chair, alto saxophone. David Black will play tenor saxophone. Nick Rossetti and Mike Gibson will play trumpet, with Kara Ford and Jennifer Wright adding their talents on French horn. Tom Buckler will play trombone, and Jason Barker and Jonathan Gibson will play percussion instruments. Trombonist Kevin Schmidt, clarinetist Marc Bassett and tenor saxophonist Eric Bassett are alternates on the GT Band.
If you'd like to hear these and other Glenwood Middle School musicians, instrumental music director David Apple invites you to the school's winter concert. The concert band and the jazz ensemble will perform at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 25. Admission is free. Phone 313-5520.
Mount View Middle School has a new partnership. The school has joined with the Columbia Amateur Radio Association (CARA), which will provide a cadre of volunteers to teach amateur radio skills to Mount View students.
The goal of the partnership is to enable students to obtain their amateur radio licenses. The CARA will place radio equipment at Mount View for student use. Students who get their FCC licenses can join CARA and participate in its activities.
Mount View Middle School's chorus and jazz ensemble will perform a concert in the dining room at Mount View at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Mount View Middle School Jazz Ensemble will also perform at 3:45 at The Mall in Columbia Jan. 16 as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.
Three Pointers Run Elementary School students lent their talents to the Howard County Gifted and Talented Elementary School Orchestra, which had its concert Dec. 19. Paul Zimmerman and G. Hudson Drakes played violin, and Stephanie Calvacca played cello.
Bushy Park Elementary School fourth-graders Julie Butler and Kristin DeIuliis are trying to improve indoor recess by increasing the number and variety of board games that students can play on foul weather days.
If you have games you no longer use, please donate them for the girls' project. They will fix up old games and find missing pieces to incomplete games. Phone 313-5500.
Bushy Park Elementary School announces a new Guidance Advisory Council. Tuesday, Counselor Charlotte Lollis will lead a discussion on "Effective Parenting When You're Short of Time."
Parents will discuss this topic from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. over muffins and coffee. If you are interested in serving on the Guidance Advisory Committee or learning more about it, call Barbara Hubert at 442-2726.
Music, meditation, and sung prayer are collected on tapes by the St. Francis of Assisi Mission Choir. The choir is selling $10 tapes called "Instruments of Your Peace" and "Creator of the Stars of Night."
Proceeds from the sale of these tapes will benefit the St. Francis Building Fund. Information: 792-0470.
Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Pointers Run Elementary School entered the school's Young Authors' Contest. Winners' entries will go on to countywide competition. In poetry, winners are Amy Goff, Johanna Lee, Michelle Prada, Katie Simonson and Laura Woodall.
For stories, the winners are Matthew Flyzik, Leigh Koback, Jackie Davidson, Paul Zimmerman, Marissa Montanez, Kacie Glenn, Danny Adler, Stephanie Bruhn and Michael Dauberman.