GLENELG HIGH School's Marching Unit returned by bus Monday from its trip to the Orlando Festival of Music, tired but exhilarated.
During the competition last weekend, the group placed first in every event it entered in the AA division, earning the highest rating in Parade, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Silks and Drill Team.
Then the students trumped themselves, winning the grand championship, the highest honor for all the festival's divisions, for Concert Band, Jazz Band and Best Auxiliary Unit, which includes the Silks and the Drill Team.
Glenelg's Jazz Ensemble won first prize in the Maryland State Jazz Festival April 18.
At the statewide competition for jazz bands from high schools of all sizes, Samantha Johnston, string bass, and Leigh Bender, trumpet, won recognition as top rhythm and top wind soloists, respectively.
This group, under Barry Enzman's direction, has won so many first-place awards that other schools' musicians must groan when Glenelg enters competitions.
Professional jazz musicians have invited Glenelg's Jazz Band to open the Baltimore-Washington Jazz Festival at 1 p.m. May 10 at the Lakefront in Columbia.
Renowned trumpeter Vaughn Nark will be Glenelg's guest soloist.
That concert is free. Bring a blanket or chair.
Jazz Ensemble fans may purchase the group's "best of the best" double compact disc at the school's front office or at any concert.
If you'd like to hear all of Glenelg High School's vocal and instrumental ensembles, plan to attend the school's Spring Music Concert at 7: 30 p.m. May 14.
See a music student for tickets, or call 410-313-5528.
The hills are alive
The cast and crew of "The Sound of Music" at River Hill High School invite you to see their lively production at 7: 30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday.
This is River Hill's first musical, and director Pam Land, musical director Betsy Graff and conductor Steve Wampler predict it will be a memorable event.
The cast incudes Betsy Spies, Stephanie Williams, Larisa Stahl, Regina Lee and Natalie Cox.
Stephanie Waters plays Maria.
Other players are Sunshine Henle, Erik Barr, Sebastian Cherng as the captain, Becky Tucker, Adam Walls, Marielle Proia, Randal Brown, Kelly Thompson, Gloria Makino, Ben Shirley-Quirk as Rolf, Missy Spadin, Eric Moore, Joe Brinker, Jennifer Anderson, Devon Vanecek, Ali Privatera, Jamie Hausch and a host of students as nuns, storm troopers and party guests.
Admission is $6. Call 410-313-7120.
Bless this center
Cardinal William Keeler will visit the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center in Glenwood on Saturday to bless the buildings, including the barn with its newly restored exterior.
The cardinal will also bless the children, the animals and the memorials at the growing facility.
Children in the Choir of St. Michael's Catholic Church of Poplar Springs will add music to the occasion.
And children from St. Paul's Episcopal Church, also of Poplar Springs, will do the readings.
The Pieceful Quilters from Glenelg have made a quilt to give to the center in honor of the event.
If this week's summit on volunteerism has energized you, you don't have to look far to help. The center needs volunteers.
Call the director, Helen Tuel, at 410-489-5100.
As the University of Maryland's women's lacrosse team fell to Loyola College last week, Allison Valentino, a Loyola senior from Fulton, scored three goals.
In the 7-6 victory, Valentino played attack. She earned a third-team East All-American citation last year. Valentino is working on a five-year master's program in psychology at Loyola and hopes to coach, says her father, Joe Valentino.
Yard, gardens, crafts
St. James United Methodist Church, on Route 99 near Route 32 in West Friendship, will hold a yard and garden sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
On Saturday, Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church's United Methodist Men will hold a yard and craft sale from 8 a.m. to noon at the church on route 108 in Clarksville. Information: 410-531-5653.
Pub Date: 5/01/97