Winter Concert includes hand drum ensemble


January 26, 2001|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THIS WEEK marks the end of the second marking period - and the first semester - at some area schools. It's the midpoint in the academic year, a good time to catch up on school activities.

On Jan. 18, the cafeteria at Bollman Bridge Elementary was standing room only as proud parents of beginning strings and band students attended the school's Winter Concert.

Gifted and Talented Program resource teacher Dave Bond introduced a special group of performers: his hand drum ensemble.

These children - fourth-graders Joe Clark and Britney Landolina, and fifth-graders Juliette Bell, Brittany Jenkins, Curtis Mitchell and Cecy Posada - attend school early once a week to learn drum techniques.

After the three-drum pieces, the beginning strings filed in. Band and strings instructor Karin Blackburn first led the strings as an ensemble. Then she said that the strings had been divided into smaller groups, with each group memorizing a different selection.

To the delight of parents, each group in turn filed to the front and performed such recognizable melodies as "Hot Cross Buns" and "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." When the last group finished, the strings re-formed for a final ensemble performance of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."

Next, the beginning band performed, using the same format. After the ensemble performance of "Star Chase," there were performances of "Good King Wenceslas" and "Merrily We Roll Along."

The result of the semester's hard work was a terrific performance.

Atholton High

Thanks are due to volunteers who donated their time to help at Atholton High School in November: Kim Burke, Debbie Rhoad, Shelly Laub and Emma Os- tendorp. They assisted at an ice cream party for students with perfect attendance.

Last month, parent volunteers staffed the school's Parent on Patrol program. Thanks go to Mary Clemmer, Elaine Persons, Laure Marc, Betsy Dooley, Teri Sprague, Yvette Butler, Jan Schoob, Terry Foley, Janette Wilson, Gina Wilson, Pat Flynn, Margot Calder, Richard Freas, Emma Ostendorp, Jan Connors, Beth Annett, Denise Pond, Clare Colley, Florence McNey, Bev DeVuono and Victor Elliott.

Best of luck to the winners of the PTSA's Reflections contest at Atholton High School: Margaret Distler, Jennifer Gill, Kathryn Green, Elizabeth Klaczynski and Anna Sittig.

Tonight, the county winners will be selected at River Hill High School, where entries from all the area high schools will be displayed. The contest requires students to submit a written, artistic or musical piece on a selected theme.

The JROTC program at Atholton has had a busy first semester. Among the highlights was a collection for Sarah's House, a shelter for homeless women and children. The collection netted more than 2,000 items.

The cadets also wrote more than 100 letters to military personnel here and overseas.

Cadets Megan Reynold, Jeff Berman, Shalin Patel, Alex Smallwood, Jen Overall, John Lawall, Kristina Howell and Zachary Gallegos directed cars through the Symphony of Lights, the Columbia holiday light display that benefits Howard County General Hospital.

The cadets spent one evening standing in the cold making sure that cars didn't get lost in the elaborate display.

Bridal show

For those of us looking ahead during this sometimes chilly weather, Putting on the Ritz catering of Savage, which manages the Great Room at Historic Savage Mill, will sponsor its fifth "Maryland Bridal Show" from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $5 in advance; $8 at the door. Information: The Great Room, 301-490-1668, or Putting On the Ritz, 301-725-4220.

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