By Carly Guise
For some, an ACL injury and no sports for a year may have the end of all things. For Phil Douglass, though, it was only the closing of one window that led to the opening of another.
Today, Phil is an intern at Studio 117 - a music studio in the heart of York City - but at the beginning of his high school career, the sports he played were everything.
“I had no intention of doing music at all until I got hurt playing football. Sports was the only thing I wanted to do,” the Red Lion junior said. “Just sports. But I got hurt and I couldn’t do anything, so I went to music.”
By Rachel Gelfand
Red Lion’s symphonic and marching ensembles have been working tirelessly in preparation for their five day trip to Texas at the end of this month.
The symphonic ensemble is working toward a music clinic. The music clinic will center around time with the director of bands at St. Mary’s University.
“Since the symphonic band is a class that meets every day, we get to work on the repertoire pretty often,” band director Curtis Crone said.
By Ben Wesley
For clarification, there is a difference between orchestra and band. The string orchestra consists of four instruments: the violin, viola, cello, and bass; while the band uses other instruments.
However, for the holiday concert, the string orchestra and band team up to form a full orchestra, which has more than just strings.
Mrs. Ashley McDaniel, the orchestra teacher in the Red Lion school district, only joined Red Lion this year. After working at a private school in Maryland, she now leads the senior high and junior high orchestras, as well as teaching eighth grade music classes.
The purpose of the orchestra, McDaniel said, is “to enrich the students’ musical experiences, to have fun, and to express ourselves.”
After all, she pointed out, music is how we relieve stress, celebrate, and simply experience life.
By Elijah Gregory
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After auditioning in May, Red Lion Junior Kevin Scheetz was accepted as a trombone player in the All National Concert Band.
The National In-Service Conference is a three day event in which top tier high school musicians perform as part of a massive orchestra, choir, band, or jazz band. Kevin auditioned and was successful in earning a spot in the National Band.
After three days of rehearsals, the four groups performed on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, a 90 year old venue normally occupied by legendary country artists.
“Seeing the other ensembles perform was unreal, it was hard to believe all of them were high school students,” Scheetz said.
He was also able to stay in the Opryland Hotel, “A town within a building,” as Scheetz described. The building covers roughly eight acres and includes rivers and actual buildings.
“The best experiences I had was meeting people, who are now my good friends, from all over the country, as well as making beautiful music with them on a level that is unmatched,” Scheetz said.
It is considered a high honor to be selected for this band, and Kevin was able to perform alongside very talented students, an experience few people can say they have.
“All in all it was an absolutely terrific experience and I loved every second of it,” Scheetz said.
Follow this link to see the photo gallery of the students at the Renaissance Faire.
By Eli Gregory
From the moment the buses arrived, Red Lion students were able to experience what life was like many years ago. Lords, ladies, and even acting peasants wandered by, offering good days and courtesies. Vendors called out their wares through song, and “Long Live the King, God Save the Queen,” could be heard every minute or so. For the next few hours, students would be immersed in the language and culture of the Renaissance Faire.
"I haven't been in recent years," said junior Riley Perkowski. "But it still had the warm aroma of the Renaissance faire I've grown to love.”
The day of the field trip was also “students only day”, which gave the faire a unique and youthful vibe.
Throughout the day different events, acts, and performances happen. A hypnotist, a falconer, brawls, and comedy skits were among many that could be seen both on the walking paths and stages set up throughout the faire. Many students attended the human chess match, a spin on the classic game featuring real fights. The match was also hosted by the king and the queen themselves, who chose members of the audience to participate in the showdown.
One participant was a little boy who quickly became a crowd favorite called Ben the Pirate. “It very entertaining and engaging,” said senior Emma Rinehart. “The People all kept in character and it was amazing.”
Fights were well done, swords and axes clashed, fists were thrown, and one actor even used a whip. It ended with four knights announcing a duel to the death later on in the day.
When the students first arrived, many headed to the jousting arena to see the tournament joust, prelude to the ultimate joust later in the day. The crowd was cheering and booing in no time, even doing the wave when prompted to by the “Choir-man.”
Many visitors purchase the massive turkey legs sold at most vendors. For eight dollars, students could get a "taste" of what a real knight might have ate many years ago.
Instead of purchasing real swords, many students were seen with plastic sword drink cups. a novelty that went over well until the bees found the sugary soda.
Red Lion's Madrigal Chorus group also performed today alongside many other schools. “It’s great seeing other schools choirs be that advanced in creating music without instruments” said junior Kevin Scheetz, “Our choir can gain a lot from seeing these groups.”
Many schools from around the area performed alongside Red Lion. While Red Lion did not place, they still put on a great show.
"I think the best thing there was all the madrigal choirs," said senior Ryan Mendicino "They all sang very well and acted very well".
For 35 years, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire has been entertaining people of all ages with a massive production put on for 13 weekends. With 35 acres of Renaissance era fun, the Faire is sure to have something enjoyable for everyone.
The Faire’s season started on August 1, and ends October 25. The Faire alters their theme every weekend, providing a new and unique experience for its patrons.
Three different classes were invited to attend the trip: AP English, British Literature, and Public Speaking. The total amount of kids that attended added up to be 115 students, not counting the Madrigal Choir who also attended.
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