2012-10-31 / Local & State

Southern Fulton To Host County Band Festival

November 2 event open to the public
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


Junior and senior high students from the Southern Fulton, Forbes Road and McConnellsburg school districts will be gathering early next month for a special band performance open to the general public.

On November 2, Southern Fulton band director Ben Arnold and his students will be hosting the Fulton County Fall Band Festival. Set for 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium, the event will include special musical selections to be performed by the junior high and senior high bands. Almost 40 students will be appearing in each of the two concerts that evening, according to Arnold.

Slated to last approximately one hour, Arnold told the “News” the senior high will perform a variety of songs including “Junkyard Jam” by Kevin Mixon; “Brass in the Basement” by Larry Neeck; “Last Ride of the Pony Express” from David Shaffer; and “Apparitions” by Brian Balmages.

Meanwhile, junior high students are earmarked to play “Pinnacle of Distinction” by Larry Clark; “Eventide” by Matt Conaway; and a “Prehistoric Suite” from Paul Jennings.

Arnold stated the concert will feature a variety of genres for concert band that were specially hand selected by himself and fellow directors Greg Strine of Mc- Connellsburg and Ryan Wade from Forbes Road.

The decision to move forward with their plans for another fall band festival was in part from the overwhelming response from those on hand during the 2011 event. Arnold noted the students, audience and band director response to the program was very positive with the students performing their pieces at a high level.

“We would like to continue that tradition this year, and hopefully open this concert to a wider audience,” he said.

Students involved in the festival will be practicing their pieces throughout the day. They will pack their own meal for lunch, but a pizza dinner is being provided by the Southern Fulton Band Boosters. Any additional wrapped snack food donations are appreciated, however.

Businesses or residents wishing to make a donation are asked to contact Arnold directly at barnold@sfsd.k12.pa.us.

Admission for the concert is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

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