Carroll band and choir to compete Friday in Music Showcase Festivals

Francis Pham, Correspondent

On Friday , the Archbishop John Carroll band and choir will be performing in the Music Showcase Festivals at Bishop McDevitt High School in central Pennsylvania. Many schools will be competing for a ranking position among the other schools competing. Afterwards, students will celebrate after the competition in Hershey Park.

Practice leading up to the competition started in January after the Concert band’s Christmas concert. So far, the band director Jeffrey Darrohn has been training the band every day during 8th period along with having Suzanne Carpenter teaching the choir every 3rd period. 

All choir students are encouraged to practice their parts outside of class.” said Miss Carpenter.This strengthens the harmonies and gives the choir more confidence in performing.” 

With the thought of the competition looming over the students’ heads every day, they have also been hard at work. All band members are required to practice at home every day. 

Saxophone player Rameer Woods said, “The people in our class are very talented. I believe that what we lack in quantity, we make up for in the quality of our music and our skill and talent..”

Throughout the year, the band has played at multiple events, such as the reception for the unveiling of the Carroll mural on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and a fundraiser event for Catholic schools, the BLOCS Grants Gala