As part of Washington Adventist University’s 2012 Honor Band Festival, a special performance will be held Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 16325 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, Md., and another on Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7700 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, Md. A new feature this year includes a concert by The Potomac Brass, a professional band, directed by composer, Stephen Bulla (pictured). This concert will be held at Sligo Church, Feb. 9, at 7:30 pm.
This year’s event brings together students from all the academies in the Columbia Union, and three schools from outside. Bruce Wilson, festival director, started the festival in 1998 when the music department consisted of 11 students; it currently has 50. Wilson believes it is important to work with the young people to develop their talents. “If we don’t use our talent, we will lose them,” he says. On Friday afternoon from 1-2pm master classes will be held for the musicians. During this time, the band will break down into groups by instrument and the professional musicians will offer their expertise to the young people. All events are free and open to the public.
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