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November 02, 2012
Vol. 54 No. 8

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Festival makes melodies

Do you know how to play the trombone? Want to meet people that do? Stop by Susquehanna's annual Fall Festival O'Bones this weekend to experience the melody of the trombone.

Adjunct Faculty of Music and trombone instructor Kevin Henry is hosting the festival. Henry said he sees the event as a great opportunity for high school and college students to come together and perform, all while learning more about their instrument.

The Fall Festival O'Bones was started in 1995 and lasted 10 years before returning in 2010 after a five year break.

This year's guest artist will be Spencer and the T-Bones, a funk, soul, rock and R&B group that features a horn section consisting of three trombones and a baritone saxophone. The band is comprised of local musicians, including Susquehanna faculty and alumni.

The festival is open to trombonists from high schools and colleges across the state of Pennsylvania.

Participation is encouraged from everyone, even if the instrument is not your primary or secondary instrument.

Sara Adams, music admissions coordinator and assistant to the music department, said that past participation has ranged from those who play professionally to those who have "dusted off the horn" and "have barely touched a trombone since methods class."

There will be a master class held at 3:30 p.m. for students interested in auditioning for district band. There will be a clinic on the solo audition piece at 1:00 p.m., along with a trombone choir rehearsal at 1:45 p.m.

Check-in for the festival begins at 12:30 p.m. for anyone interested in attending any of these sessions. The festival concert, which is open to the public, begins at 5:00 p.m.

Adams and Henry both added that the festival is a no-pressure, enjoyable and musically fulfilling day that will benefit any student or musician. The festival is on Sunday, Nov. 4 in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

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