Thursday, December 12, 2013

That Temple Beat

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Members of the group of Pottstown High School band and chorus students who visited Temple University recently for a percussion performance.

Blogger's Note: More news of the schools from John Armato.

Recently, more than 30 Pottstown High School band and choral students enjoyed an evening of culture and arts. 

Under the leadership of Choral Director Tom Marsden, the students heard a percussion recital at Temple University. 

Mr. Marsden said, “The annual trip has become a tradition for our students. It gives them access to musicians only a few years older than themselves exhibiting talents at the next level. I believe this helps to inspire our students to challenge themselves as performing artists.”

The program was presented by the Temple University Department of Music’s percussion students.

Nine selections were performed using a great variety of percussion instruments including marimba, xylophone, snare, djembe, congas, timpani, shakers, and cymbals.

“Our students were awed and very appreciative of the talents displayed during the event,” said Marsden. “As an extra added treat, students were able to meet with the performers after the concert and heard firsthand about the amount of effort and discipline required to perform at a high level.”

Evelyn Bailey, a Pottstown High School graduate who is attending Temple University majoring in music therapy, was able to visit with the students and former instructor Mr. Marsden.

Prior to attending the recital, students and teachers enjoyed a dinner at the Reading Terminal Market.

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