Music from school band practice stirs memories

NEIGHBORS

September 06, 1994|By SHERRY GRAHAM

Back to school means different things to different people. For parents, it signals a return to the routines of packing lunches, catching buses, supervising homework and car pooling to this or that practice.

Teachers are back to planning lessons, grading papers and teaching new students. Students are getting acquainted with new teachers, making new friends and settling into the routine.

Student athletes have made the team and have been working hard at practice now for a month or more. Cheerleaders are preparing new pyramids and crowd-pleasers. And the bands have been marching and marching and marching some more.

Since early last month, band members at Liberty High School have spent many hours stepping off their new show on the school's parking lot and rehearsing the music that is starting to become familiar to my family. From our house, we can hear their almost nightly practice sessions.

This brings back fond memories for me. I was a member of the band front at South Carroll High School some years ago. I remember the diligent rehearsal and dedication required of each band and band front member.

I also recall the hard work and long hours put in by the band director. In my days at South Carroll, that director was Glenn Patterson, who now serves as the county's supervisor of music and art.

As the season of field competitions and halftime shows nears, Liberty's 64 playing members and 18 band front members are putting the finishing touches on their fall presentation.

Their show is titled "American Voice" and features music by hTC American composers Leonard Bernstein and John Rutter.

Drum major Beth Redifer leads the Lions on the field, while Bryan Eber is the band's director.

Parents of Liberty High band members have planned a tailgate party for Friday evening. The picnic dinner will be followed by the band's first full dress performance of the season.

Liberty High will hold the 12th annual Extravaganza Sept. 24, beginning at 6 p.m. in the school stadium.

Marching bands from Carroll and surrounding counties will perform. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

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Sykesville is dedicating two new recreation facilities.

Town officials will dedicate a fitness trail, also known as a linear park, Saturday at 10 a.m.

The public is invited to walk the roughly two-mile trail, which meanders along the Patapsco River to Obrecht Road, and learn how the park was planned and constructed.

The dedication of Burkett Park will begin at noon the same day. Named for a dedicated volunteer at Carroll County Food Sunday, this park is at Norris Avenue and Hawk Ridge Lane in the Hawk Ridge Farms subdivision.

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