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7 from Northern Lehigh selected for band festival

  • TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School students who will participate in the 52nd annual Lehigh County Honors Band Festival Saturday at William Allen High School include (front row, l-r) Mike Miller, Logan Thomson, Heather Heiney, Josh…
    TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School students who will participate in the 52nd annual Lehigh County Honors Band Festival Saturday at William Allen High School include (front row, l-r) Mike Miller, Logan Thomson, Heather Heiney, Josh Gyory, (back row, l-r) Chris LeFrancois, Corey Sargent, and John Hudicka.
Published March 05. 2010 05:00PM

Their love for music will enable a group of Northern Lehigh High School students to broaden their horizons.

A group of seven high school students will perform in the 52nd annual Lehigh County Honors Band Festival at 2 p.m. Saturday in the William Allen High School auditorium.

Seniors Josh Gyory and Corey Sargent, juniors Logan Thomson, Chris LeFrancois, and John Hudicka, and sophomores Mike Miller and Heather Heiney will take part in the concert.

Thomson once again qualified for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 Band this year, according to high school band director David Carroll.

"I am pleased at the level of preparation all of the students have done to prepare for this year's concert," Carroll said. "I am, as always, very proud of my Northern Lehigh students."

Carroll said the festival concert requires 20 hours of rehearsal by the students and band directors.

"The purpose of this festival is to promote music education in our schools, show case the great musical talent that exist in Lehigh County, and to give our band students a unique and enriching instrumental experience which extends beyond the typical concert band settings that exist in most public schools," he said.

The Host director of this year's band festival is Mark Amsden, band director of Allen High School.

Selections for this year's concert are: The Star Spangled Banner, English Folk Song Suite, In All It's Glory Fiddler On the Roof, Niagra, Quick Break, Brazilian, Carmina Burana, Americans We, Roller Coaster, Tambor, Eternal Fire of Glory, and Stars and Stripes for Ever.

The Lehigh County Honors Band is comprised of students from the 11 high schools in Lehigh County: Northern Lehigh, Southern Lehigh, Whitehall, Northwestern Lehigh, Catasauqua, Salisbury, Allentown Central Catholic, Emmaus, Parkland, Dieruff, and William Allen High School.

The students are selected to represent their schools by the Lehigh County Band Directors Association.

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