Band to play at PA Capitol

PAT FRIDGEN
Aerial Crook, Joanna Scott and Meghan Peterson look forward to performing in Harrisburg with the Greencastle-Antrim Middle School band. The last time most of the seventh- and eighth-grade students were in the Capitol was during a fourth-grade field trip.

The Greencastle-Antrim Middle School band is making its first trip ever to the state Capitol in Harrisburg today. It will perform at noon in the Rotunda. Band members don't know who will be in the audience.

"We have no idea," said director Eric Plum. "I've never done this before."

He predicted tour groups, employees, and some elected officials would be present in the 1914-era building, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the nation. The 84 musicians will be surrounded by elaborate art and architecture, a grand staircase and soaring ceiling.

"I hope we don't mess up," said eighth-grade oboist Joanna Scott. "The entire state will hear us."

The band has been practicing six numbers since Plum received confirmation of the visit. He had been offering to perform and finally received permission in December. The date was set for May 5. The songs in the program are Coast Guard, Modal Song and Dance, Hambone, Creed, Johnny B. Goode and selections from Grease. The band has been allotted one hour on the floor.

The students will also be accompanied by six chaperones. After the concert they will eat lunch in Strawberry Square.