Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hosting a Musical Host

Although Pottstown Middle School is technically this year's host, the concert will be held at the larger auditorium at......

This year the Pottstown Middle School Band, under the direction of Benjamin Hayes, will be hosting the 58th Annual Inter-County Junior High School Band Festival on Saturday evening Jan. 25.

The concert will be held in the Pottstown High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 P.M.

.....Pottstown High School
The Concert Band consists of 140 selected 7th, 8th and 9th grade musicians from eleven surrounding school districts.

The directors from the participating schools will each conduct one selection during the concert.

The directors include: Kathy Williams, Pottsgrove; Mike Agatone, Boyertown East; Brian Leonard, Arcola; Mike Jordan, Boyertown West; Jason Hess, Owen J. Roberts; Kris Jennings, Spring-Ford; Cassidy Nalepa, Upper Perkiomen; Bill Bonnell, Phoenixville; Paul DiRenzo, Perkiomen Valley East; Dawn Krown, Perkiomen Valley Middle School West and Ben Hayes, Pottstown.

The select Inter-County Jazz Band will also perform during the concert. The Jazz Band will be under the direction of Mr. Brian Leonard, the Band Director at Arcola Intermediate School.
Billy Shears is unlikely to attend...

Highlights from the concert include: “Dies Irae” from Verdi’s Requiem, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts
Club Band” by Sweeney, “Children’s March” by Grainger, “Michael Jackson: Through the Years” by Brown, and The Washington Post March by Sousa.

There will be 12 seventh, eighth and ninth grade students from Pottstown participating in the festival. They include: Sarah Dudley, Casey Mest, Alysha Soto, Rachael Levengood, Emma Pargeon, Dylan Brandt, Nick Wilson, Austin Scavello, Madison Overholt, Kyle Kratzer, Caitlin Mclaughlin, and Eddie Butler.

Tickets for the concert are available in advance from any member of the Inter-County Band or at the door the evening of the concert. The cost of the tickets is $4 for adults and $3 for students.

If inclement weather would cause a postponement, the concert would be held on Monday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

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