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Play-a-Thon raises money for band and orchestra


DURING THE weekend, Arundel High School band and orchestra students held a Play-a-Thon fund-raiser at the school.

From 5 p.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Saturday, more than 100 young musicians took part in a marathon practice session.

For weeks, the students had solicited pledges of financial support that they promised to earn by putting in practice hours. Some sponsors pledged 10 cents an hour, others a dollar.

When the hours were added up, the students' music activity fund is likely to be much bigger.

Last year's Play-a-Thon netted $7,000. The money is being calculated for this year.

I visited the school at 1: 30 p.m. Saturday, a few hours before the event was to end. Music poured from classrooms and practice rooms as small groups polished their parts.

Clusters of students lolled in hallways, bleary-eyed.

Patty Talman was taking a break. She had had a busy night. She plays violin for the orchestra and bass drum for the band.

Erin Owings was trying to catch up on some history homework. But concentrating was hard because she was so tired. Erin had tried to nap, but a brass section practicing nearby kept her awake. Why didn't she just move away from the trombones and tubas? She was just too tired, she said.

Angie Gupta appreciated a session in the gym with her flag group. Angie said the girls practiced from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. perfecting their routines.

Of course, no one could play music the entire night.

So breaks were scheduled for snacks, naps and fun.

Video game tournaments, movies and koosh balls took a little time, but music was the highlight of the night, turning the school's normally quiet weekend atmosphere into a lively musical festival, ending with a concert at 5 p.m. Saturday. Funds raised during the Play-a-Thon will defray the cost of student uniforms and other musical expenses and will help to finance the band and orchestra spring trip to Orlando in May.

Art show, auction

The nationally known Heisman Fine Arts Gallery of Ardmore, Pa., will present a local art show and auction Feb. 27 at the Jessup Community Hall, Route 175 and Wigley Avenue in Jessup.

The auction will feature original oils, lithographs, serigraphs, prints, watercolors, etchings and other graphics. Most of the art attract bids as low as $50. The auction is to benefit the third annual Julia S. Stafford Memorial Scholarship Fund. She was an honors student at Meade High School. She played violin in the all State Orchestra and was active in church and community organizations as well as school until her death in 1996. This fund was set up in her name to provide financial assistance to worthy students graduating from Meade Senior.

Tickets are being sold at $8 for single admission and $15 for couples. Tickets will also be available at the door for $10. The tickets covers wine, soda, hors d'oeuvres, doors prizes and a Beanie Baby raffle. The art may be previewed between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and the auction will begin then. Tickets information: Dana Herbert, 410-796-7999.

Women's group to meet

The Christian German American Women's Group will meet at noon Monday n the Chapel Center on Grandea Avenue in Fort Meade. The agenda will include a time of praise and reflection, followed by lunch and fellowship, music and crafts. Women interested in Christian togetherness and the German culture and language are invited to attend. Information: Irene Kucholik, 301-621-7862 or Lisa Beilke, 301-604-5880.

Pub Date: 2/16/99

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