Monday, January 19, 2015

And the (Inter-County) Band Played On

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by the Spring-Ford School District.

This year the Spring-Ford Middle School Band, under the direction of Mrs. Kris Jennings will host the 59th Annual Inter-County Junior High School Band Festival on Saturday evening, Jan. 24.

The concert will be held in the Spring-Ford High School 10-12 Auditorium beginning at 7:30 P.M.

The Concert Band consists of 125 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; Michael 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. Paul DiRenzo, the band director at Perkiomen Valley East Middle School.

Here is some video from last year's concert:

Selections from the concert will include traditional works like “William Tell Overture” by Rossini and “Nimrod” by Elgar, along with works from some of today’s well-known composers and arrangers of contemporary band literature.

There will be 11 seventh, eighth and ninth grade students representing Spring-Ford in this festival. These talented musicians are: ninth graders Morgan Turner, Niva Pandya, Kayla Christman, Lauren Knab, Dillon Rumsey, and Charlie Nawa; eighth graders Sarah Chiaradonna, Allie Platchek, Kristine Luo and Ainsley Bittner, and seventh grader Eli Siron.

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, January 26th at 7:30 P.M.

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