Greencastle to host Franklin-Fulton County Band Festival

Shawn Hardy
These Greencastle-Antrim High School students will be among the performers when the Franklin-Fulton County Band Festival concert is held at their school this weekend.

Greencastle-Antrim High School and Middle School will host the 2017 Franklin-Fulton County Band Festival Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21.

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, a concert will be presented in the G-AHS auditorium. Dr. Scott Hippensteel, director of instrumental studies at Shepherd University, will conduct the middle school band and Dr. Andrew Yozviak, director of bands at West Chester University, will lead the high school band.

The festival will feature about 240 student musicians from Chambersburg, Corpus Christi, Fannett-Metal, Forbes Road, Greencastle-Antrim, James Buchanan, McConnellsburg, Mercersburg Academy, Southern Fulton and Waynesboro.

Among the performers will be some Greencastle-Antrim High School eighth-grade instrumentalists who shared what they are looking forward to about county band.

This is the second time several of them have been selected for the honors band, but the first time they will get to perform. Last year's concert at Waynesboro Area Senior High School was snowed out by the Blizzard of 2016.

Alexis Berthold, who plays the alto saxophone, has fond memories of eating pizza in the G-A chorus room last year after the festival was canceled. Clarinetist Madlyn Farland is happy she's going to get to play this year.

Zak Reynolds is excited for the chance to play with other good percussionists and Landon Searles, baritone sax, and Peyton Barvinchack, flute, are looking forward to meeting other people.

Enya Faulk likes the idea of playing with musicians she doesn't get to play with every day.

Brandon Sidoli who plays trombone, pointed out rehearsals will be held in the new bandroom which is bigger and soundproofed.

Other Greencastle-Antrim Middle School students who will participate in the band festival are Davon Akers, baritone; Katlyn Baer, clarinet; Careth Noll, clarinet; Adrianna Dick, flute; Izabella Gordon, flute; Jackson Wright, french horn; Zach Seville, trombone; and Peter Schemel, tenor sax, according to Dr. Eric Plum, G-AMS band director.

Greencastle-Antrim High School students who will participate in the band festival are Jordan Noll, Stephanie Gemmell, Abigail Duvall, Kaylynn Leap, Rebecca Duvall, Abigail Zebierth, Hannah Ruffner, Stephanie Parsons, Monique Johnson, Hannah Ellis, Jenna Carty, Ryan Havens, Haven Seville, Esdon Yeager, Danny Miller, Jamie Monday, Paige Ketzel, Kaite Bowser, Lorrie Goodrich, Abigail Marconi, Adam Meazel, Allen Pedersen, Spenser Mowen, Jared Ducan, Brett Haney and Shianne Johnson, according to Robert W. Bennett Jr., director of instrumental music at G-AHS.

Tickets for Saturday's concert will be available at the door. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.