My Town: All Star Band Brings Students Together

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By Sierra Foltz, BEAT Reporter

BRUNSWICK, Ohio-Every year since 1993, a group of middle school students who excel in band are brought together to form Medina County’s All Star Band.

These students are chosen based on their performance in their individual band program and recommended by their band’s director.

The band directors of participating schools choose the most deserving students and work to achieve a balanced band, including every section of instrument.

Participating students represent what it means to be a dedicated, musically talented band pupil. Made up of the county’s top musicians, these students have shown significant success in their own band performance. They must be “self-motivated” as Melinda Kellerstrass, band director at Edwards Middle School, puts it.

This program makes it possible for excelling band students to play with others at their same ability level. They get the experience of playing more difficult music with a larger ensemble. “This is a great way for band students to meet friends that have the shared interest of music and performing,” Kellerstrass says. “Our students need to play with students outside of our classroom.”

Every year, the organization brings in a guest clinician; someone whom is well-known in their ability and works well with students. The group is directed this year by Kathleen McGrady, a participant in several musical programs including Wooster Music Camp, The National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, and more.

Medina County All Star band is run by Medina County Educational Service Center (ESC), which is a group which each school district pays to belong to. They put on special events and opportunities in all fields of the arts for the schools such as this band.

The conjoined bands have two rehearsals followed by a concert on Monday, March 18 at 6:30 P.M. at the Brunswick High School Performing Arts Center (PAC), 3581 Center Road.

This performance is free to the public.

Sierra Foltz, an eighth-grader at Edwards Middle School, is one of over thirty “backpack journalists” in the award-winning Brunswick Schools Video Program. The Program is sponsored by RPM, Plum Creek Assisted Living Community, Medina Hospital and Lorain County Community College/University of Akron at Midpoint Campus. For more information on the Brunswick Beat program click here.