Glenelg High jazz group due professional polish

March 27, 2003

Aspiring jazz musician Mike Feagan is excited to play with such amazing musicians as trombonist Jim McFalls, this year's guest soloist with the Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble.

"The concerts are always awesome," said Feagan, 16, an alto saxophone player in the ensemble. "It is so cool because Mr. E has the connections to have amazing professionals come through."

Mr. E, or Barry Enzman, took over the school's band program 27 years ago and turned it into a powerhouse. A professional musician who plays saxophone, flute and clarinet, Enzman always had a keen interest in jazz; he revived the Glenelg program by inviting professional musicians to play with the students at their annual concerts.

"Success just led to more success, and more success after that," Enzman said. "One live performance is worth 1,000 words, and that just ups everyone's game."

Under his tutelage, Gleneg's award-winning student Jazz Ensemble has opened for bands such as the Count Basie Orchestra, and was recently accepted to play for the sixth time at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland. Unfortunately, the invitations will have to be declined because of the school system's cancellation of student trips abroad.

McFalls will join the students for a concert at 8 p.m. April 4. The program features everything from fusion to big band.

"There will be a little bit of everything," Enzman said. "There will be some swing charts, some funk charts, some Latin charts and more."

"I am really happy that [McFalls] is coming. I have heard him play and he is really good," said 15-year-old trombonist Chris Wolf. "I am glad that I am here this year, since I play the trombone, too."

McFalls, a member of the U.S. Army's Jazz Ambassadors for 17 years, has performed with many legendary jazz artists. He has performed on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, with the Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Orchestra.

Tickets, which cost $5, are available from band members or from the school.

Information: 410-313-5533.

- Bethany Broida

Woodmont Academy holds groundbreaking Friday

Woodmont Academy became the first Catholic school to open in Howard County in more than 60 years when it broke ground on its 67-acre site in Cooksville on Friday.

The 25,000-square-foot school for children in pre-kindergarten though eighth grade is scheduled to open in the fall with a student body of about 400. Administrators expect to accommodate 1,250 students by 2013.

Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore, presided over the ceremony, blessing the property and a cornerstone inscribed with the school's motto, Semper Altius, translated as "always higher."

"Next time, I hope to see a great building in place where young people learn to live their faith," he said.

Also in attendance were Howard County Executive James N. Robey, Richard W. Story, chief executive of the county's Economic Development Authority, and more than 400 parents and children.

Fire department invites residents to tour April 6

The West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department invites the community - especially those interested in becoming members - to visit, enjoy demonstrations and take tours of the department from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 6.

Membership applications will be available, and those interested in joining can be interviewed.

Information: 410-313-5403.

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