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HARMONY: Musicians take part in county band festival

by By NICOLE ELLI, Gazette Student News Reporter on November 22, 2013 10:50 AM

WESTOVER — Last week, four students from Harmony High School attended Clearfield County Band Festival, held at Moshannon Valley High School. The students practiced all day last Friday, and the concert was held on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Terri Winger-Wittreich, the former band director from Oil City, conducted the junior high band. While at Oil City, she was the director of the marching band, concert band, middle school and high school jazz bands, pit orchestra and middle school concert bands. Winger-Wittreich has also been a guest conductor for band festivals in Venango, Indiana and Clarion counties.

[PHOTO: Harmony High School students who participated in the Clearfield County Band Festival were, from left, Nicole Elli, Jonathan Rorabaugh, Ronald Marshall and Gideon Knepp. (Submitted photo/Harmony High School)]

William Gabel, a former band director in the Harmony and West Branch school districts, conducted the senior high band. While at West Branch, his bands had the opportunity to perform 14 times at Disney World; twice at Harrisburg; at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tenn.; at the Philadelphia Fourth of July Parade; and at the Washington Independence Day Parade. Gabel has been a guest conductor for the Indiana County Senior High County Band as well.

The junior high started the concert, playing songs like “Advance March,” ”Gershwin Classics” and “Sparks.” The senior high performed in the second half of the concert, playing songs such as “Of Pride and Celebration,” “In a Gentle Rain” and “Alla Barocco,” which was the first attempt ever to make a piece of band music into what sounded like a pop song.

The students from Harmony enjoyed playing with a larger band than usual and had fun performing with students from other schools.

GRANDPARENTS WELCOMED

On Nov. 15, elementary students invited their grandparents to participate in Harmony Elementary School’s annual Grandparents Day.

Students read a book with their grandparents and did a craft to go along with their story. Students and grandparents were invited to have refreshments in the cafeteria, and look around the book fair, which has been set up for “Meet the Owls Night,” which took place this week.

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