District schools field first all-county bands in years

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By Jesef Williams

The county's best band players will come together this weekend for a concert the entire community can enjoy.

For the first time in years, the middle and high schools in the Lancaster County School District have organized two all-county bands that will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Lancaster High School auditorium.

Between 150 and 200 of the top players in the district are expected to participate, said Scot McGuire, director of bands at Andrew Jackson High School.

One band will consist of middle school students and the other will be made up of high school students.

This is the first time in 10 to 15 years that an all-county band has been formed. McGuire says the players benefit from meeting and interacting with students who share their interest.

"It's an incredible experience for our kids and it's great for the community," McGuire said. "They (the students) will walk away as better musicians."

The concert is free and open to the public.

Contact Jesef Williams at 283-1152 or jwilliams@thelancasternews.com