Lake-Lehman students perform in 2016 PMEA District 9 Ninth Grade Honors Wind Ensemble


By Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Students from various schools in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 9 perform in the clarinet section of the 2016 9th grade honors band concert Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Lackawanna Trail High School.


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Robert Lugiano, a trumpeter, said the best part of the day was ‘meeting new people and making friends.’


Elizabeth Baumeister | Dallas Post

Madison Chulick, who plays the clarinet, said the experience helped her learn how to cooperate musically.


Elizabeth Baumeister | Dallas Post

The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 9 Freshman Honors Band Concert, with Guest Conductor Gretchin Benson, was hosted by the Lackawanna Trail School District Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the high school. Ninth grade students from eight different districts participated in the one-day event.


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CLINTON TWP. — Five Lake-Lehman Jr./Sr. High School students skipped classes on Wednesday, Oct. 5 – but with permission and a good excuse.

Madison Chulick, Kailee Steele, Aidan Kukosky, Robert Lugiano and Jay Martin were among the more than 50 freshmen from eight different schools who participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 9 Ninth Grade Honors Wind Ensemble, hosted by the Lackawanna Trail High School. The one-day event began in the morning with rehearsals that continued throughout the day under the direction of guest conductor Gretchen Benson from the Pocono Mountain School District. It culminated with a public concert in the evening.

Lugiano, a trumpeter, said the best part of the day was “meeting new people and making friends,” many of whom he hopes to run into again at other band festivals throughout the year.

He added another benefit of the event was the opportunity to learn from his peers.

“Being around all these good players just makes you better,” he said.

Chulick, who plays the clarinet, said the experience helped her learn how to cooperate musically, both with people she knows and those who she never met.

“I enjoyed learning new and complicated music and just being able to spend an entire day doing something I love and am passionate about,” she said.

Kevin Kreinberg, PMEA District 9 president, explained students are selected for the honors band through an audition process, in which they are required to submit a recording to demonstrate their skills. Once accepted, the musicians receive the music with just two weeks to practice before the event. They spend the entire day in rehearsal to prepare for the public concert, which is attended mostly by family members and friends.

Kreinberg said the students’ dedication paid off.

“They did fantastic,” he said. “The group sounds fantastic. It’s a great bunch of kids – well-prepared – and that’s demonstrated by their performance.”

Other participating schools included Blue Ridge High School, Dunmore High School, Hazleton Area High School, Lackawanna Trail High School, Montrose Area High School, Mountain View Jr./Sr. High School and Susquehanna Jr./Sr. High School.

Students from various schools in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 9 perform in the clarinet section of the 2016 9th grade honors band concert Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Lackawanna Trail High School.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_TDP-PMEA-1.jpgStudents from various schools in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 9 perform in the clarinet section of the 2016 9th grade honors band concert Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Lackawanna Trail High School. Elizabeth Baumeister | Dallas Post

Robert Lugiano, a trumpeter, said the best part of the day was ‘meeting new people and making friends.’
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_TDP-PMEA-2.jpgRobert Lugiano, a trumpeter, said the best part of the day was ‘meeting new people and making friends.’ Elizabeth Baumeister | Dallas Post

Madison Chulick, who plays the clarinet, said the experience helped her learn how to cooperate musically.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_TDP-PMEA-3.jpgMadison Chulick, who plays the clarinet, said the experience helped her learn how to cooperate musically. Elizabeth Baumeister | Dallas Post

The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 9 Freshman Honors Band Concert, with Guest Conductor Gretchin Benson, was hosted by the Lackawanna Trail School District Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the high school. Ninth grade students from eight different districts participated in the one-day event.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_TDP-PMEA-4.jpgThe Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 9 Freshman Honors Band Concert, with Guest Conductor Gretchin Benson, was hosted by the Lackawanna Trail School District Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the high school. Ninth grade students from eight different districts participated in the one-day event. Elizabeth Baumeister | Dallas Post

By Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

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