2011-11-10 / Local & State

Forbes Road To Host Music Festival

High school band festival set for November 18
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

In his second year as director of the Forbes Road Junior/Senior High School band, Ryan Wade has seen tremendous improvement and growth from his student musicians. Having more than doubled student participation from seven to 17, Wade hopes the band’s numbers will continue to grow alongside the group’s ever-broadening schedule of events.

Among the new programs and events offered at the school as well as to band members from surrounding school districts is the upcoming fall band festival. To be hosted by the Forbes Road School District, the special event is scheduled for Friday, November 18.

In addition to the junior/senior high band members from Forbes Road, junior and senior high students from Southern Fulton led by director Benjamin Arnold and Fannett-Metal students overseen by director Linda Shade will also be performing. McConnellsburg students and director Greg Strine may also participate in the event, which would increase overall participation from 71 local students to nearly 100.

As directors representing the Fulton/Franklin County Music Educators Association, the local band directors decided to revisit the idea of a county-based band festival and present students with the opportunity to perform locally in a collaborative effort. Based on the results of the 2011 event, it is possible the fall band festival will be continued locally on an every-other-year basis.

During the 6:30 p.m. performance at the Forbes Road auditorium, the junior and senior high students will be performing separately. The musical event is expected to run approximately 45 minutes and will include a variety of songs such as “African Folk Trilogy, Little Star, Imperium and Along the Beaches of Normandy” by junior high musicians. The senior high group is scheduled to perform the following selections: “A Distant Light, Fire Dance, Gladiator, This Quiet Place and Pirates of the Carribean.”

The musical selections were made by the participating directors.

Students will practice throughout the day at Forbes Road in preparation for the event and will be required to bring bagged lunches, Wade noted. Pizza, chips and drinks will be provided to the students prior to the performance and will be covered through admission fees and any generous donations from the business community and residents.

Admission fees for the fall band festival are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Anyone interested in making a donation or needing additional information concerning this upcoming event is urged to contact band director Ryan Wade at Forbes Road Junior/Senior High School at 814-685-3866 or via email at rwade@frsd.info.

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