Area musicians honed their talent and skills at the 2016 County Band Festival, Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Mountain View High School in Kingsley.
The senior high band was under the direction of Tunkhannock High School Band Director Kenny Luckey, and John Scavone of Forest City Regional conducted the junior high ensemble. Students arrived Wednesday morning, and after a full day of rehearsal, performed a concert that evening.
County Band features musicians from the eight school districts located in Susquehanna and Wyoming counties: Blue Ridge (BR), Elk Lake (EL), Forest City (FC), Lackawanna Trail (LT), Montrose (M), Mountain View (MV), Susquehanna (S), and Tunkhannock (T).
Luckey said his main goal was to show the students the difference between being a musician and a person who plays the music. The purpose of being a musician, he said was to “impact the audience” and convey emotions. “Endless Rainbows” by Brian Balmages, lent itself to that discussion.
In addition to “Endless Rainbows,” the senior high band performed “Kinetic Dances” by Randall Standridge; “Anthem for Winds and Percussion” by Claude T. Smith; “Into the Clouds” by Richard Saucedo; and closed the concert with “Spania” by David Shaffer.
The junior high band played “Acclamations” by Ed Huckeby; “Nightsong” by Richard Saucedo; “Honor Roll March” by Ken Harris; “Temple of Sinawava” by John O’Reilly; and closed with a version of the Neil Diamond pop song, “Sweet Caroline.”
Both Luckey and Scavone focused on fun.
Scavone told the junior high band members that he hoped they had a “great experience,” and “found something to take back to your district that was fun.”
Luckey described the day working with the senior band members as a “blast.”
“Music ought to be fun,” he said. “It’s a discipline but you should have fun getting good.”
Both directors thanked the Mountain View School District and its band director, Mason Stiver, for hosting the annual festival.
“I’m really proud that music is so strong in this area,” Luckey said.
Senior High Band
Flute: Cassandra Brown (LT), Kelsey Gentile (BR), Danielle Krispin (T), Elizabeth Lyden (M), Katie Nebzydoski (FC), Kathryn Novajosky (FC), Myja Reploeg (MV), Julia Ridick (BR), Samantha Schur (EL), Reilly Shingler (EL), Brittany Sholes (T).
Oboe: Elaine Lance (T).
Clarinet: Abigail Discole (T), Danielle Dubofsky (M), Rachel Fernandez (T), Sierah Guzy (BR), Gwen MacConnell (BR), Megan McVaugh (M), Lucas Nevins (FC), Ashley Rusinko (T), Genna Smith (M), Tiffany Toth (EL).
Bass Clarinet: Alaina Jones (LT), Abigail Ramage (T), Thea Tomlin (T).
Alto Clarinet: Marleah Filan (LT).
Alto Saxophone: Phil Davidson (M), Jake Decker (BR), Hannach Decker (EL), Zach Hessey (BR), Alesha Kazmierski (MV), Madilyn Kohl (T), Kayla Marino (S), Owen Scioscia (LT), Ashley Spencer (T), Kevin Thorne (LT), Denise Vonada (MV), Matt Zeleski (M).
Tenor Saxophone: Allison Bickford (M), Kenny Filer (EL), Sarah Kinback (LT), Charlie Randall (BR), Preston West (T).
Baritone Saxophone: Travis Hickling (BR), Jacob Housel (MV).
Trumpet: Devin Arnold (M), Elza Bosscher (EL), Sarah Carpenetti (MV), Michael Casey (T), Brooke Dunn (EL), Jared Fernandez (T), Sophia Ficarro (MV), David Grosel (FC), Korena Kraynak (EL), David Lynch (FC), Don Nguyen (FC), Danielle Petrilak (LT), Rhiannon Potter (S), Kevin Silfee (S), Naomie Strohl (T), Briana Welch (M).
Horn: Grasyn Bushnell (EL), Hannah Perkins (M), Isabella Race (T), Skylar Secord (BR), Georgia Smith (M), Madison Tewksbury (EL).
Trombone: Blaise Albright (FC), Maria Montauredes (FC), Caleb Reyes (M).
Baritone: Brock Darling (T), Emily Herron (LT), Hunter Mingus (T), Tommy Nelson (M).
Tuba: Hunter Bowman (T), Justin Cooper (T), Elizabeth Miller (MV), Matt Trotter (FC).
Percussion: Dylan Bell (MV), Will Farnelli (EL), Matt Kane (S), James Kovolenus (T), Paige Mokychic (T), James Kovolenus (T).
Junior High Band
Flute: Audrey Bailey (FC), Felicia Bedford (EL), Kayleen Conklin (BR), Lindsey Coy (M), Ashley Darrow (T), Lindsey Evans (FC), Sarah Marble (BR), Emma Master (MV), Madison Norman (LT), Nathan Ofalt (MV), Maggie Reppa (LT), Emma Weidow (M), Paige Zona (T).
Oboe: Ava Presley (S)
Bassoon: Ella Hansen (S)
Clarinet: Marissa Derrick (BR), Dalaney Hollenbeck (MV), Meghan Keiser (T), Ava Kidd (T), Gabriel Lawton (M), Gabrielle Moyer (M), Doug Priestneer (EL), Maria Spinelli (FC), Mikayla Starbuck (BR), Katelyn Supancik (MV), Claire Urbas (FC), Elizabeth Weibel (S), Alaxandria Yerdon (M)
Bass Clarinet: Tia Brooks (LT), Rachel Day (S), Caroline Reynolds (T), Megan Tewksbury (EL)
Alto Saxophone: Travis Bridgeman (MV), Brandon Gentile (BR), Lilly Harvey (MV) Lauren Herman (EL), Meghan Kiernan (S), Danielle Lamberti (LT), Jack Martin (M), Owen Tench (T), Jack Zeunen (T)
Tenor Saxophone: Veronica Moyer (FC), Madison Nestor (T), Madelyn Slivinski (EL), Malaki Upright (BR)
Baritone Saxophone: Kaleigh Matoushek (FC), Steven Richmond (LT)
Trumpet: Joseph Casey (T), Emma Chotkowski (EL), Holly Geyer (BR), Alyssa Kovlachick (T), Jacob Lance (T), Jonathan Lyden (M), Margo McVaugh (M), Will Posaski (BR), Jeremy Quinnan (EL), Kristen Rocuba (FC), Collin Saam (MV)
Horn: Megan Bosscher (EL), Hannah Cundey (M), Ella Larioni (T), Hanalee Nichols (T), Garielle Roote (T), Nikki Rosiak (LT), Anthony Torres (BR)
Trombone: Sadie Bosscher (EL), Ian Dorval (M), Aiden Long (MV), James Mikus (T), Megan Zipprich (MV)
Baritone: Ethan Childress (T), Chase Gilroy (T), Ken Hsiao (M), Andrew McHenry (MV), Todd Snyder (EL)
Tuba: Terrence Brozonis (EL), Austin Fish (LT), David Hughes (M), Gerald Welsted (BR)
Percussion: Devan Clark (T), Jason Farley (M), Aiden Grady (T), Taegan Mills (EL), Andrew Scott (BR), Olivia Voll (EL).