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 Good News: SRU musicians take honors at Pa. Intercollegiate Band Festival 



SRU Good News for March 20, 2009


SRU musicians take honors at Pa. Intercollegiate Band Festival


           Seven Slippery Rock University music students earned top honors at last weekend's 62nd annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival at Allegheny College in Meadville.

           Brian Meixner, assistant professor of music, said musicians from 24 other colleges and universities in Pennsylvania participated.

           Students are sent to the festival based on their music faculty's recommendations, but then must audition for chairs within each of the band's instrument sections. This year's band, which presented a public performance as part of the festival, was led by Col. Tim Foley, former conductor of the United States President's Own Marine Band.

           "Students traveled to Meadville Friday for auditions, then rehearsed Saturday for the Sunday afternoon concert," Meixner said.

            SRU music majors taking first chair honors were Emily Rudovsky, flute from Carmichaels; Dawn Marks, cornet from Butler; Tom Mahovsky, euphonium from Conneaut Lake; and Ethan Wills, trombone from Allison Park.

            Taking second chair honors were Sean Murphy, tenor saxophone from Cranberry Township, and Mark Dressler, bass trombone from Erie. 

           Stephanie Cicero, a percussionist from Butler, also was selected to participate, but no chairs are assigned for percussionists.


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