Glenelg High Jazz Band wins state championship


April 25, 1996|By Sally Buckler | Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Glenelg High School has won another state championship.

The Glenelg High School Jazz Band was one of 21 bands competing in the Maryland State Jazz Festival last Friday. The 12-hour marathon began at 7: 30 a.m.

When it was over, Glenelg High School's Jazz Band won first place in the state. Saxophonist Chris Seymour won outstanding soloist of the festival, and pianist Matt Sandifer was named the outstanding rhythm soloist.

At a banquet Thursday night, Glenelg's band director Barry Enzman was feted as one of Howard County's outstanding educators. After what he termed a "memorable and flattering evening," he said Monday, "I got just as much a kick out of the kids doing well."

A notebook of letters from students supported Mr. Enzman's nomination for outstanding educator. "Coming from the kids, the compliments were particularly gratifying," he said.

Tomorrow, the Glenelg High School Band and Marching Unit leaves for Myrtle Beach, S.C., on its annual music festival trip, with the good wishes of our community.

At the top of the list of unsung heroes who make the band work is Ethel Roberts. As a Glenelg High School teacher, she volunteers to handle all the mechanics of the band, leaving Mr. Enzman to do what he does best, music. Ms. Roberts does the behind-the-scenes work, handling hassles and hitches for trips and performances. She accompanies the band on trips, makes arrangements for lodging and transportation and finds the chaperones for the trips. She is a silent partner who contributes much to the band's success, according to Mr. Enzman.

Wind group

Glenwood Middle School's Wind Ensemble, under the direction of David Apple, will perform at Band Night at Howard High School at 7: 30 tonight. Admission is free. It's a great place to take elementary school music students to inspire them.

Meanwhile, a new band is forming at River Hill High School, where band students met Steve Wampler, the school's band director, Monday evening. Mr. Wampler is planning many events and performances for the young musicians.

Parents of the River Hill "Bandies" began to organize a Music Boosters parents' group Monday. Their next meeting is at 7: 30 p.m. May 1 at the school. Organizers welcome parents of any River Hill High School music student to join the group that will support instrumental and choral music programs. Call Robyn Frank at (301) 490-5898.

Girl Scout honors

Receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award, the Girl Scouts' highest, symbolizes outstanding achievement in leadership, community services, career planning, and personal development. Young women who receive the award demonstrate a commitment to living by the ideals expressed in the Girl Scout Law and Promise.

On Sunday, several area Girl Scouts join the elite group of Gold Award winners. Andrea Bedingfield of Glenelg High School, Angela Combriate of Clarksville and Seton Keogh High School, Tess Crocker of Clarksville and Mount de Sales High School, Angie Henderson of Glenelg High School, Rebecca Otte of Highland and Atholton High School, and Shannon Smoot of Highland and Atholton High School, completed the requirements for the Gold Award, including a major project.

Pancake breakfast

Glenelg United Methodist Church's young people plan to serve a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. until noon Sunday. The youngsters are preparing pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee for just $4 for adults and $2 for children 10 years old and younger. They hope to raise money to support their participation at Camp Hope this summer.

During their week at Camp Hope in Western Maryland, the students will join adult advisers to repair a home for someone who is unable to afford it. They will paint, do plumbing or rebuilding work.

Support this community project and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Call Tom Thrasher at 489-7628.

Lions scholarships

Glenwood Lions Club offers two $1,000 scholarships for Glenelg High School seniors. The scholarships are based on scholastic achievement, community service and need. Apply as soon as possible through the Guidance Office.

Parents may call the school at 313-3328 to request an application for the scholarship.

Grandparents' Day

Tomorrow, Glenelg Country School celebrates its annual Grandparents' and Friends' Day. With the school's Grandparents' Club members acting as hosts, guests will enjoy singing, dancing, and instrumental music performances by students in all grades, refreshments, and classroom visits.

Call 531-6238 for information about Glenelg Country School.

Potato fest

Clarksville Middle School and the Howard County Department of Parks and Recreation present "Hoe-down in Tatertown, a Night of Family Fun and Potatoes."

The Drama Workshop will present "Heaven Help the Po'Taters, or I'd-a-Hoe the Taters But They Just Won't Grow, a Half-Baked Melodrama by Billy St. John."

This evening of fun, free to families, includes games for all ages, face painting, country line dancing, and a potato recipe bake-off. Anyone may enter the cooking contest, which offers generous prizes.

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