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Waterford/Halfmoon HS Band Performs at Disney-by Michael Bielawski

Waterford – The Waterford/Halfmoon High School band took take a trip to Florida to play music for tourists and relatives during their February vacation, as they have been doing every other year since 2000.  At the Feb 6 board meeting band director Melvin Byron spoke to the board and The Express about the trip.

The trip is arranged by Disney Youth Services.  “It’s a great thing that they do because it allows groups like ours and a lot of other schools to be able to afford to go down there,” said Mr. Byron.  He thinks it’s a great experience.  “I’ve found Disney fascinating for years but it’s always nice to see it through eyes that have never been there before.”

The entire article is in the March 20th edition of the Express.

Winter Concert at Mechanicville HS – by Sandy McBride

It was standing room only at the Paul N. Luther Auditorium last Wednesday evening for the annual Mechanicville Junior/Senior High School Winter Band Concert.  Conducted by instrumental music teacher Michael Jeffery, three bands . . . the 6th grade band, the 7th and 8th grade band and the high school band . . . delighted their packed house audience as each of them in turn performed a selection of classics and holiday favorites.  The show concluded with nearly 20 MHS alumni musicians joining the high school band on stage for a beautiful rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”.

Mechanicville/Stillwater Bands Perform – by Sandy McBride

“The hills are alive with the sound of music . . . ” once again, as the annual Northeast Instrumental Music Festival was held at Lake Placid’s High Peaks Resort overlooking beautiful Mirror Lake in this world-renowned Adirondack Mountain village on the weekend before Thanksgiving.

An outstanding contingent of high school instrumentalists from Mechanicville High School and Stillwater High School qualified for the festival and made the trek to Lake Placid to play with the Northeast All-Star Concert Band.  This festival annually showcases the top scholastic musicians from all over the northeast.  An added feature of this annual event is the performance by an adult band of highly skilled musicians called the Great American Community Band.

Read the entire article in the Dec. 5th edition of The Express Newspaper

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