If you attended this year's Spring Music Concert at Glenelg High, you enjoyed a wonderful evening. Performances by the concert band and the jazz ensemble, under the direction of Barry Enzman, and by the choirs, Madrigals, and men's and women's quartets, under the direction of Nancy Buckle, were flawless and professional.
The groups presented difficult, exciting and even humorous music. The audience was joyful and satisfied as they left the school after an exhilarating evening. People were asking if the bands could get any better. The answer was that they always do, though they are already meeting standards that some professionals have yet to meet.
It's meeting those professional standards that earned the jazz ensemble a trip to Europe this summer to perform in the crown jewels of professional jazz festivals.
For about 10 days, the 21-member jazz ensemble will travel across Europe, with three-day stops at the North Sea Festival in the Netherlands and the Montreaux Festival in Switzerland.
Greg Timourian, father of trombonist Ian Timourian, says that there is no thrill like the one you get seeing this group performing next to the Duke Ellington Orchestra or other jazz greats.
In four small towns in Europe, the jazz ensemble will play concerts for the townspeople.
The jazz ensemble is playing at the top. Every year the group improves, and the students have an opportunity to represent Howard County. But the players need our financial support.
Despite having many fund-raisers this year, the group has not met its goal to pay for this expensive trip.
Please send your donation to the Glenelg High School Band, 14025 Burnt Woods Road, Glenelg, Md. 21737.
Spring concerts are on the schedules of band members and their families at our local elementary schools.
At Bushy Park, the advanced and beginning bands will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Lisbon Elementary School will have its concert at 7 p.m. June 10 and the West Friendship Elementary School bands are rehearsing for performances scheduled for June 8 at 7 p.m.
All concerts are free, and the students invite you to attend. These school bands are under the direction of Mike Blackman. He has done a wonderful job with the children, and they will be playing at their most excellent levels for these concerts.
The Glenwood Middle School Concert and Jazz Bands will perform at 7 tonight at the school, under the direction of David Apple.
The evening will begin with a PTSA meeting and election. Students from the school also will display their work at the school enrichment fair. You can catch the PTSA meeting, concert, and fair in one stop. Call 410-313-5520 for more information.
The annual awards assembly at Glenelg High School begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Principal Jim McGregor extends an invitation to all parents of Glenelg students to the free program, which lasts about an hour and a half.
Call 313-5528 for more information.
Strawberries are on my mind. It's the beginning of a great season of the year, when we can have our fill of sweet red juicy berries.
Folks will be picking berries at Sharp Farm, a pick-your-own operation in Glenelg, this weekend, and the Linden-Linthicum Methodist Church in Clarksville will hold its annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday.
From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. you can join the congregation for entertainment, crafts made by the church members and food. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers and other summer foods, but I'll be there for the strawberry shortcake, the strawberry sundaes, the strawberry pie and the fresh strawberries.
Admission is free.
The church is on Route 108, east of downtown Clarksville. Call (410) 531-5653 for more information.
Missing from the last week's list of seniors at Glenelg High who recently were inducted into the prestigious National Honor Society was Russell Payne. Congratulations.
Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church celebrates the eighth anniversary of the dedication of its church building on the Feast of the Pentecost Sunday.
The church will have a Communion worship at 10 a.m., and the congregation invites you to attend. They will recognize graduating high school and college students at this service.
Call 442-1204 for information.