Bring Back the Band, Holiday Concert

This event posted by: Amy Pickett

Saturday, December 14, 2013
3:00 pm

South Carroll High School Performing Arts Theater
1300 W Old Liberty Rd
Sykesville, MD 21784

Cost: adults $12, seniors and students $10, and pre-school children $5


Regional Talent Performs to Help Bring Back the Band

Saturday, December 14th at 3 p.m. at SCHS

South Carroll High School Holiday Concert Flyer_BandBooster

The South Carroll Band Boosters has partnered with faculty, parents, business sponsors, and community organizations to organize a campaign called Bring Back the Band to raise funds to re-establish the South Carroll High School marching band in the fall of 2014.   South Carroll is the only high school in the region without a marching band which limits the potential a full instrumental program can deliver to SCHS students.

“Many studies have shown that participation in music programming strengthens student’s academic results, and performing in groups like marching band develops leadership skills and promotes a unique camaraderie that often results in life-long friendships,”  said Jeff Rogers, Fine Arts Supervisor at Carroll County Public Schools.

The Holiday Concert scheduled for December 14th is one of several fundraising events planned for the Campaign and will feature holiday favorites performed by well known regional talent and SCHS students.   From Frederick the award winning Spires Brass Band under the direction of Mr. John Slezak will perform along with the Academy of St. Cecilia Youth Orchestra from Damascus under the direction of the Reverend Walter Edmonds.  Also featured will be a premier combined performance of orchestral and concert band students under the direction of Mr. John Stevenson.  Finally the SCHS Chorus will perform a medley of holiday tunes and invite the audience to sing along to celebrate the season under the direction of Ms. Lydia Courtney.

“This performance is both a celebration of the season and of the remarkable support for this Campaign from students, faculty, alumni, parents, and the local community.   This promises to be an extraordinary performance for an extraordinary cause and we look forward to welcoming the community for a festive experience in our beautiful, new performing arts theater,” said David Esworthy, Band Booster co-president.

The Boosters plan to raise $35,000 to ensure the marching band gets off to a solid start.   New uniforms will be purchased with the help of matching funds from Carroll County Public Schools.   In addition, funds will be used to purchase additional instruments, music, drills, and a trailer for transporting equipment.

For the last several years the Boosters have been working to increase membership in all the instrumental programs and increase parental and community support with considerable success.   The organization has coined CavMusic as the name for the Instrumental Program and created a website,, to serve as a communications platform.

The Bring Back the Band Campaign could not have been successful without the generous support of local businesses and service organizations including:  Hidey’s Landscape Supply Yard, Carroll Community College, Carroll Hospital Center, Mt. Airy Greene Turtle, California Tortilla, Mt. Airy Inn, New York J&P Pizza, LB&B Associates, Green’s Ace Home Center, Mt. Airy Lions, and the SCHS Student Government Association, among others.

Tickets are available at and will be sold at the door – adults $12, seniors and students $10, and pre-school children $5.  Doors will open at 2:15 p.m. for the 3:00 p.m. performance at the SCHS Performing Arts Theater.

Subscribe to our newsletter and get more information on all events and the Campaign at  Donations may also be made online and inquiries about becoming a sponsor can be sent to



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