RHHStival will give 6 bands a chance to shine


January 17, 2002|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

OUR SCHOOLS have many talented music students and some of these young people go on to form bands, playing alternative, jazz, bluegrass and rock music. Six of these young groups will play at the RHHStival on Jan. 25 at River Hill High School.

The night of music for middle and high school students will give each group an opportunity to play for 25 minutes. "It's more time for each group than for a talent show," said Steve Wampler, band director at River Hill. "It lets the groups be known to the kids."

Bruce Montgomery coordinates the RHHStival, while Wampler works behind the scenes. Montgomery's son Ethan played with his band at past RHHStivals. Although Ethan graduated last year, Montgomery continues to volunteer. Wampler says it's Montgomery's way of giving back to the River Hill music department.

FOR THE RECORD - In the western Howard Neighbors column in yesterday's Howard County edition of The Sun, the name of a band chosen to participate in the RHHStival at River Hill High School next week was incorrect. The band Easy Access was mistakenly identified as Easy Core.
Also, the photo caption accompanying the column misspelled the name of Out of Line band member Jared Ginsberg.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Four years ago, Wampler, Montgomery and the rest of the Music Boosters were brainstorming for ways to raise money for the music department. They hit upon the idea of having student bands playing for students. In its fourth year, RHHStival has been a success.

"It gets larger and larger every year," Montgomery said. Last year, 400 to 500 people attended, and more are expected this year.

The groups were chosen this month. Any band in Howard County with at least one high school student could audition. Eleven bands sent audition tapes or compact discs to Wampler. With the help of volunteers, Wampler listened, without knowing the names of the bands or musicians, and rated them on musical quality, balance, presentation and voice quality.

Narrowing the choices wasn't easy. "It's real tough" to choose the six winners, Wampler said.

Suburban Project, New Universe, Out of Line, Easy Core, Trapped Under Ice and Blue Water made the cut this year. Two of the bands are instrumental; the others have singers.

River Hill sophomores Mike Davis, Matt Flyzik and Jared Ginsberg, along with freshman Tony Carter of Burtonsville, formed Out of Line last year. The boys have played music together off and on since seventh grade. They formed the band last summer, and began playing and writing punk-rock songs.

"It's not heavy metal, but it's not soft rock," Mike said. The group plans to plays songs such as "Sore Losers," "Our Message" and "Days Pass By."

The guys feel lucky to have been selected. "This is our first big show," Mike said.

"We knew there were other bands trying out that were more experienced, " Jared said. "But we had a pretty good feeling about it. We've been telling everyone to go."

RHHStival begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.

Information: Bruce Montgomery, 410-531-6840.

Young ambassador

Kathy Bianco has been chosen as this year's Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) ambassador for Glenelg High School. Drew Graybeal will serve as alternate ambassador.

The two Glenelg High sophomores are being recognized for outstanding leadership. Hugh O'Brian - known for starring in the 1950s television show The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp - founded HOBY after spending nine days in Africa at the clinic run by Dr. Albert Schweitzer. According to the group's Web site, O'Brian was so impressed by Schweitzer's belief that young people must be taught to think for themselves, he founded HOBY shortly after returning to the United States.

Kathy will attend a three-day leadership conference in the spring with other HOBY ambassadors from Maryland. The students will meet with leaders from business, education, government and other professions.

Delightful sounds tonight

Come hear the delightful sounds of children at Manor Woods Elementary as they perform in their Winter Band and Strings Concert.

Instrumental music teacher Andrea Kefauver will direct the program at 7:30 tonight at Centennial High School.

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