"Oh, man, it was incredible! The trip and the jazz festivals lived up to all our expectations and more."
Barry Enzman, director of the Glenelg High School bands, says that the Glenelg Jazz Band's performances at the North Sea and Montreux jazz festivals in Europe were beautiful. "The kids played well. They knew they had to: We were facing very critical jazz audiences."
How well did they do? At the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the audience gave them a standing ovation. At the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the audience asked the Glenelg High School Jazz Band to do two encores. These festivals are for top-notch professional performers, and our very talented local band lived up to its splendid reputation.
The North Sea Festival, one of the premier jazz festivals in the world, was overwhelming, Mr. Enzman said. Visitors heard music continuously, as musicians played on 13 stages simultaneously from 5 p.m. until 3 a.m. for three days. It was a very condensed, high-energy festival.
The Montreux Festival had the same number of acts stretched over 2 1/2 weeks. This more relaxed festival was a feast for the eyes. The Glenelg students stayed near a medieval castle and had a spectacular view of the countryside.
During the 10-day tour, the band also played at Trier, Germany, and Hardenberg in the Netherlands.
Students and adults came home on a natural high. They were on a different plateau, having done what very few people have a chance to do. They performed well, and professional musicians described them as very sophisticated gentlemen and ladies who knew how to handle themselves.
Congratulations to Mr. Enzman and all the members of the Glenelg Jazz Band!
What is ahead for the Glenelg bands? It's time to begin again. The marching band starts rehearsals Monday.
Parents and friends of the bands have started fund-raising efforts for the new school year. They are making fried dough at their stand at the Howard County Fair this week. The stand is across from booths run by the Glenelg High School Boosters and the Glenwood Lions Club.
There are other exciting plans in the works for the Glenelg bands, and we'll try to keep you posted on them.
Playing in a school band isn't just for high school students. Band is important for fourth- and fifth-grade students at Bushy Park, Lisbon and West Friendship elementary schools. Their teacher, Mike Blackman, inspires great loyalty and enthusiasm in his students. That results in part from his own dedication and hard work. Each summer he invites his students to play for him once a week.
This summer he has camped out each Tuesday morning, listening to youngsters play their instruments at West Friendship Elementary School. He praises and encourages each. The price a student pays for this attention is small. He must remind another student to come to West Friendship to play for Mr. B.
In his spare time, Mr. Blackman is writing a method book for beginning band. He plans to use it with his students in the fall. No wonder these "bandies" do so well.
Friends of Willard and Dorothy Allen were shocked to hear that the couple died in a car accident Aug. 2 while traveling through Pennsylvania. Dr. Allen, who was 88, was a former professor of obstetrics and gynecology and associate dean of the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore.
Before his work at the University of Maryland, Dr. Allen was a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University St. Louis. He received his medical training at the University of Rochester in New York.
In 1935, Dr. Allen received the Eli Lily award in biological chemistry for the isolation of progesterone in pure form. He was awarded honorary doctor of science degrees from Hobart College and the University of Rochester, where he served on the board of trustees.
Dottie Allen, besides being a talented and prolific painter in oils, was a member of the Baltimore Weavers Guild. Her award-winning weavings decorate many homes and remind their owners of her considerable creative talents.
The couple were were also enthusiastic square dancers. The Allens moved to Glenwood more than 20 years ago. They are survived by Dr. Allen's daughter, Lucille Anderson; other relatives and many friends. Memorial services were held in Farmington, N.Y.
A memorial service for the Allens is planned at Glenelg United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Mount View Middle School is ready to open Aug. 30. The open house at the new school is Aug. 29 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
If you are interested in visiting the school, you may drop in at the open house. Mount View Middle School's phone number is 313-5545.
Around the turn of the century, W. R. Inge was the dean of St. Paul's in London. He said, "When our first parents were driven out of Paradise, Adam is believed to have remarked to Eve: 'My dear, we live in an age of transition.' "
For Brian Sunderly of Glenwood, several important transitions are happening this summer. Last Sunday, he was ordained to the Gospel Ministry at Gethsemane Baptist Church. His mother, Gwen, reports that the ordination service was well attended and "just wonderful."
Mr. Sunderly's maternal grandfather, Thornton Perkins, and his father, Tom, were among those able to participate in the ordination service and the laying on of hands.
A youth minister at Gethsemane Baptist this summer, Mr. Sunderly will enter the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., early next month for a three-year master of divinity program.
On Saturday, he and Deni Smith, daughter of Will and Mercla Smith of Glenwood, will be married at Gethsemane.
The couple are graduates of Glenelg High School. Mr. Sunderly graduated in May from Towson State University with a degree in education. Miss Smith attended UMBC.
Mr. Sunderly plans to continue as youth director at Gethsemane during the summers.