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EASD Press Releases–Dec 15

Dec 15th, 2011 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

Canadian Brass member Brandon Ridenour provides insight into various breathing techniques to improve performance.

Canadian Brass member Brandon Ridenour provides insight into various breathing techniques to improve performance.

World Famous Canadian Brass Conduct Master Class for Local High School Students

December 15, 2011— Elizabethtown Area High School concert band students recently took part in a once-in-a-lifetime special master class conducted by the internationally-renowned Canadian Brass. As one of the top entertaining groups in the world, members of the world-famous brass quintet helped the students prepare to perform some of the music literature they were learning in class.

As part of the special session, the students learned specialized breathing techniques, proper posture, timing of different instruments taking into account air flow, and how to interpret music in a not so literal fashion.

The Canadian Brass is widely considered one of the best brass quintets in the world. With a discography of over 100 albums and an extensive world-wide touring schedule, Canadian Brass is an important pioneer in bringing brass music to mass audiences everywhere. They have sold well over 2 million albums worldwide. They have made appearances on The Tonight Show, Today, and Entertainment Tonight and performed to more than half a billion television viewers for the Chinese New Year.

The master class was organized by Steve Barraclough, band director for Elizabethtown Area High School.

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(l-r) First row, Althea Johnson, Kathleen Smith. Second row, Gladys Montgomery, Sarah Stephenson, Ralph Stephenson, Barbara Eberly, Nancy Coryell, Linda Haines, Ken Haines.

(l-r) First row, Althea Johnson, Kathleen Smith. Second row, Gladys Montgomery, Sarah Stephenson, Ralph Stephenson, Barbara Eberly, Nancy Coryell, Linda Haines, Ken Haines.

Senior Citizens Honored for Contributions to School District

December 15, 2011— The Board of Education for the Elizabethtown Area School District recently recognized nine local senior citizens for their contributions to the district. A small ceremony was held as part of the Dec. 13 meeting of the school board to honor the local seniors for their volunteer time and efforts.

The honorees were Nancy Coryell, Barbara Eberly, Ken Haines, Linda Haines, Althea Johnson, Gladys Montgomery, Kathleen Smith, Ralph Stephenson, and Sarah Stephenson. As part of the ceremony, board vice president Terry Seiders and superintendent of schools Michele Balliet thanked the volunteers for their dedication to the district and presented each with a certificate of appreciation.

All nine volunteers took part in the District’s S.E.R.V.E.S. program (Seniors Earning Rebates by Volunteering in Elizabethtown Schools), which has a goal of developing greater school and community interaction and at the same time reduce the tax burden of senior citizens.

All of the S.E.R.V.E.S. helpers performed more than 77 hours of volunteer time. Combined, the nine honorees tallied nearly 1,100 hours in volunteer time ranging from performing clerical tasks to helping out in the classroom. Leading the way was the husband and wife team of Ken and Linda Haines who worked 240 and 179 hours respectively in the S.E.R.V.E.S. program.

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