Three students from Elizabethtown Area High School performed at the prestigious 2019 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District Band 7 Festival. Seniors Lauren Swope (clarinet) and Ryan Kruft (euphonium), as well as sophomore Emma Foley (clarinet) joined more than 100 other talented student musicians from central Pennsylvania at the all-star festival.
The guest conductor was Mark Camphouse who serves as director of concert bands, conductor of the wind symphony, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, conducting, orchestration, and analysis at George Mason University. He is also a notedcomposer and the students had the opportunity to play two of his works. The concert was held at Lancaster Mennonite High School and cohosted by
Nathan Sheffer and Dean Sauder.
Selection to the District 7 band is highly competitive involving talented student musicians from schools located in central Pennsylvania (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties). A team of judges, comprised of local music teachers, selected the students to the distinguished ensemble.
Steven Barraclough, director of bands for Elizabethtown Area High School, said the students worked hard to earn a seat in the honors band.
“These students diligently prepared for the rigorous audition process. They represent the highest level of musicianship of our band students,” Barraclough said. “I couldn’t be more proud of what these students did to earn the opportunity to perform under the
baton of such a noted conductor/composer.”
PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities. PMEA is affiliated with NAfME, the National Association for Music Education.