Middle schoolers play their compositions


June 02, 1999|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CREATING MUSIC seemed to be the theme for the spring band and orchestra concert Thursday at North Carroll Middle School.

Guest composer Quincy C. Hilliard conducted sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade bands in performances of his compositions, and three sixth-graders conducted from scores they had written.

Hilliard was a guest for two days, working with students on music composition. He is an associate professor of music theory and composition and holds the Heyman Endowed Professorship of Music at the University of Southwest Louisiana in Lafayette.

FOR THE RECORD - Seeing your son or daughter recognized for an accomplishment is one of the great joys of being a parent, and it is with pleasure that I try to mention outstanding children in this column. Last week, however, I mistakenly reported the recipient of the director's award for seventh-grade band at North Carroll Middle School. Cameron Flynn, who plays French horn, received the award. My thanks to his father, Patrick Flynn, for being a faithful reader.

He is a scholar of the music of Aaron Copland and is consultant and conductor for music publishers Boosey and Hawkes, and Carl Fischer.

Hilliard was chosen to write music for the 1996 Olympics and has written the score for "The Texas Rangers," a public television documentary.

At North Carroll, he's known for the music he creates for young musicians.

In the second semester, all 70 sixth-grade musicians compose their own melodies. North Carroll band director Philip Stephenson picks a handful to score for the full band.

Thursday, three pupils conducted fellow members of the sixth-grade band, which performed the short pieces they had written.

Kelli Beasley, who plays clarinet, conducted her piece, "Millennium." David Campbell, a trumpet player, conducted his piece, "Triton."

The final sixth-grade piece, "Thurmont Vista," was conducted by Amy Klinefelter, who plays flute.

"They are actually making and arranging for band as I do for my work," Hilliard said. "As I've listened to the eighth- and seventh- and sixth-grade bands, I see you have a lot of talent. As I travel around the country, I haven't heard any bands that are doing what you are. This is the result of a very supportive administration."

Stephenson gave awards of recognition to Jason Adams, his student teacher, and to Debbie Barron, a volunteer orchestra parent.

He awarded Hilliard an honorary membership in the North Carroll Middle School Band.

Stephenson gave his Director's Award to those he thought exemplify the ideal band member with their dedication and determination.

For sixth-grade band, Laura Schaeffer, who plays flute, received the award; in seventh-grade band, Brent Darsch, who plays bass clarinet, won the award; and in eighth-grade band, Julie Jugo, who plays clarinet, was recognized.

In orchestra, the award is always given to an eighth-grader.

This year, Emily Grossnickle, who plays cello, was the recipient.

Lions' generosity

Many organizations owe a big thank you to the Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club. A list of recipients of the club's generosity for 1998-1999 was provided recently by member John W. Hopkins.

In addition to providing two $1,000 scholarships and another $1,000 in medical equipment, the club donated $7,075 to an impressive array of local nonprofit groups.

On the list were the Food Banks of Carroll County and Littlestown, Pa., and other feed-the-needy programs of Shepherd's Staff and Meals on Wheels of Carroll County.

They aided those afflicted with vision problems through donations to the Maryland School for the Blind, Medical Eye Bank of Maryland, White Cane Days, the Leader Dog program and the Lions Vision 2000 program.

They contributed to Carroll Hospice, the Association of Retarded Persons, and toward camp experiences for those with diabetes, or those needing help with hearing and speech dysfunction or drug and alcohol abuse.

Others groups on the list included the Carroll County 4-H Performing Arts, Charles Carroll Recreation Council, Girl Scouts, Boy Scout Troop 483 and the Carroll County 4-H Camp.

Adults and senior citizens also benefited.

The Lions helped Carroll Transit, St. Mary's Lutheran Church, St. Mary's United Church of Christ, Union Mills Homestead, the Silver Run Improvement Association and the Union Mills Improvement Association.

The club donated to the fire companies that serve both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line: Pleasant Valley Fire Company in Maryland and Pennsylvania's Littlestown and Kingsdale companies.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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