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Kent State University to Sponsor Youth Honors Band Series on Campus

Posted Feb. 13, 2012

The Kent State University's Hugh A. Glauser School of Music will continue to sponsor the Fab Friday series in cooperation with the Division of Bands and the Department of Music Education at Kent State. Each event is scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon and includes an ensemble warm-up and introduction by the group's conductor, a session led by music education students, program rehearsals and one-on-one instruction with applied music faculty. The series will continue on Friday, Feb. 24 with the South Euclid Lyndhurst Memorial Middle School Honors Band.

Fab Friday programs offer the opportunity for young students to bring instrumental music groups to the School of Music to work with the conducting staff, applied faculty, graduate assistant and music students. The 2011/2012 Series will serve four more area bands and orchestras ranging in experience from elementary to high shool levels.

"Not only do these students get the opportunity to refine their playing skills and prepare for concert or large group adjudicated events, but it also introduces hundreds of students to our students, faculty and campus," said Marcus Neiman, assistant professor of music education at Kent State and coordinator for the Fab Friday Program.

In addition to the South Euclid Lyndhurst Memorial School Honors Band, the following schools will also participate:

Beachwood City Schools Strings (Lisa Katz, conductor), March 3
Green High School Wind Ensemble (Amy Rach, conductor), March 30
Crestwood High School Wind Ensemble (Kate Ferguson, conductor) April 13

Fall 2011 Fab Friday ensembles included Bedford High School Orchestra (Shawn Nichols, conductor); Akron Garfield High School Orchestra (Alissa Fullen, conductor), Cleveland Heights High School Concert Orchestra (Dan Heim, conductor), and Bedford Middle School Band (Jennifer Shauf, conductor).

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For more information contact:

Marcus Neiman, mneiman@kent.edu, 330-672-4802