FUNNY THING about musical instruments -- many people want to play one, but few are willing to put in the time and effort. The Glen Burnie area students who have been selected for the county middle school and high school bands have desire and discipline, a winning combination.
I've known one of those young musicians for many years.
Now a confident eighth-grader at Marley Middle School, Katrina "Katy" Medrano was a shy preschooler when we first met. Her first experience with an instrument came in third grade with violin. It was not love at first sight.
The violin did not prove a match for Katy.
In fourth grade, she began playing the clarinet, and she hasn't stopped. And she has found that consistency is the answer to continued improvement.
Katy practices a half-hour each day, including weekends.
Other musicians selected for the county bands are Glen Burnie High students Andrea Semke, clarinet; Denny Meadows, alto clarinet; and Jessica Bush, clarinet; and Corkran Middle School pupils Daniel Calianno, who plays alto saxophone, and Rebecca Patterson, flute.
The bands will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Chesapeake High School, 4798 Mountain Road.
Tickets are $2.
Baseball and softball
It's almost time to exchange ski hats for baseball caps.
Glen Burnie Boys Baseball and Girls Softball will accept registration for the spring season from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and on Feb. 12 and 19 at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association building, 19 Crain Highway.
T-ball will be offered for boys and girls ages 5-6, softball for girls 7-18 and baseball for boys and girls 7 to 18.
Registration fees are $45 for one child, $60 for two children in the same family and $75 for three or more children. A fund-raiser fee of $20 a family also will be collected.
The teams play at Sawmill Creek Park, which also will be the site of the 2000 Pinto Little League World Series.
Tax time, too
Taxes will be topic at a meeting of Glen Burnie's chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church Hall, 7434 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Carl Kaiser will discuss changes in federal and state income taxes.
A volunteer tax preparer at the Pascal Senior Center, Kaiser will cover the preparation of tax return forms and answer questions.
Retired federal employees, their spouses and guests are invited.
Information: Stanley Jacobs, 410-969-5980.