Marcellus hosts 'Festival of Bands'

Marcellus held its annual "Festival of Bands" on Thursday Feb. 3 in the Groeling Auditorium. The guest conductor was Bradley Ethington, Associate Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Syracuse University. Ethington conducts the Syracuse University Symphony Band and teaches undergraduate and graduate level conducting.

The festival included performances by the Marcellus Elementary Band, Driver Middle School Band, Marcellus High Concert Band and Marcellus High School Symphonic Band.

Featured soloists during the high school band segment of the concert included Michelle Rice/Flute, Keirstalyn Wade/Oboe, and Molly McGuane/French Horn on "Dublin Sketches"; Angela Pugliese/Alto Saxophone on "Ride"; and Mary Perry/Mallet on "Spitfire."

The entire percussion section of the Symphonic Band was featured on "Ride." The Festival of Bands concert came to a rousing conclusion as the "Combined Bands" performed "Marcellus March" by John Edmondson, a musical composition that was commissioned and premiered by the 1993-94 Marcellus Elementary Band.

During the concert, Ethington noted the excellence of the district's instrumental music program and teachers as well as the talents and character of the more than 300 student musicians who participated in the concert.

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