RIVER HILL High School's Marching Band participated in its first competition Sept. 27 in Westminster.
Under the direction of Steve Wampler and the leadership of drum major Melynda McBeth and assistant drum major Justin Earp, the unit took home five trophies for first place in Division II: outstanding silks, outstanding percussion, outstanding music and outstanding general effect.
The marching Hawks are preparing for competition Oct. 18 at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Va.
Western Howard County residents show enthusiastic support for school music programs year after year.
Barry Enzman's success with the Glenelg High School bands is a reason for this unmatched support.
In recent years, with the addition of Mike Blackman in three elementary schools and Kendall Davis at Pointers Run Elementary School teaching band and orchestra, the number of youngsters involved in school music programs has grown steadily.
In recognition of their success in elementary schools, Blackman and Davis are directors of the 1998 Howard County Elementary All County Band.
Wampler, leader of the fledgling Marching Hawks at River Hill High School, and Shelly Williams, Mount View Middle School's band director, are helping the tradition of fine bands in western Howard County grow.
Blackman calls Williams "one of the state's finest teachers."
Clarksville Elementary School's new band director Mike Wann shows an enthusiasm that will produce many fine young musicians.
Rosemary Lather is building orchestra programs at Clarksville Elementary School, Clarksville Middle School and River Hill High School.
Meanwhile, Kevin George, is building orchestra programs at Glenwood and Mount View middle schools and at Glenelg High School.
In his first semester at Glenelg, George produced a performing ensemble for the Glenelg High School Winter Concert, featuring seven young musicians.
Folks like Dave Apple at Glenwood Middle School and Al Caldwell at Clarksville Middle School continue to keep youngsters interested in music.
In sports, participation counts only when you play. The same is true in music.
River Hill's Wampler has seen "too many programs diluted, leading to a downhill spiral."
"Why should we change good programs that work?" he asks.
He sees Howard County as one of the leaders in the state because of parental support for its programs.
L "That's why good teachers want to teach here," Wampler says.
If you would like to support school music in Howard County, join Howard County Parents for School Music.
Mark your calendar for an organizational meeting at 7: 30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Howard County Board of Education Offices.
Information: Karen Douglas, 410-997-8433.
Jazz at Glenelg
On Nov. 19, jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson returns to Glenelg High School for "An Evening with Maynard Ferguson" at 8 p.m.
Few neighborhoods have a chance to hear the world famous Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band play at their local high schools.
Glenelg's Jazz Ensemble will kick off the event.
Advance tickets are on sale now for $15. Tickets at the door, if available, will cost $20. Mail your check payable to Glenelg High School to Glenelg High School Band, 14025 Burnt Woods Road, Glenelg 21737. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
River Hill High School's class of 1998 has produced three National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists.
Chris Martin, Chanu Rhee, and Sam Salganik qualified for the program, based on their performance on the PSAT.
Commended for their scholastic achievement in the program were Salem Fussell, Tim Gilday, Kelly Gottsman, Jeff Jew, Sarah Johnson and Laura Zimmerman.
River Hill's Johnson, Rhee and Salganik won honors recently as finalists in the 1996-1997 Maryland Distinguished Scholars for their academic achievements.
Caitlin Bair and Laura Mason were semifinalists in the competition.
Semifinalist in the talent portion of the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Program is Stephanie Williams in drama.
Christina Ebert and Marie Viggiano won honorable mention in visual art.
Betsy Spies won honorable mention in vocal music, and violinist Melynda McBeth won honorable mention in instrumental music.
River Hill Garden Center begins a three-weekend Harvest Festival on Saturday.
You can enjoy free hayrides, try your sense of direction through a straw maze, watch gymnastics demonstrations and enjoy refreshments.
Brownie Troop 740 offers scarecrow-making for $10.
The Scouts will provide everything you need and help you assemble your masterpiece. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Clarksville's Fifth District Volunteer Fire Company will provide a fire prevention display at the Garden Center.
Oct. 18 and 19, you can see a cider press in action and sample fresh cider.
Members of River Hill High School's Class of 2000 will help you carve a pumpkin Oct. 26. Or, you can paint one for a fee of $1.
Pub Date: 10/09/97