Pottstown Musicians Get First-Hand Look At ‘Next Level’

Pottstown Musicians Get First-Hand Look At 'Next Level'

Pottstown High’s Temple travelers

POTTSTOWN PA – More than 30 Pottstown High School band and choral students were in the audience of a recent percussion recital at Temple University in Philadelphia, and then went backstage after the show to meet and talk with performers about their musicianship.

The Temple trip has become an annual tradition for Pottstown students, choral Director Tom Marsden explained in a report distributed Monday (Dec. 2, 2013). “It gives them access to musicians only a few years older than themselves, exhibiting talents at the next level. I believe this helps inspire our students to challenge themselves as performing artists.”

The program was presented by university Department of Music percussion students. Nine selections were performed, using a variety of percussion instruments including marimba, xylophone, snare, djembe, congas, timpani, shakers, and cymbals. “Our students were awed and very appreciative of the talents displayed,” Marsden said.

In the post-show conversations, students “heard firsthand about the amount of effort and discipline required to perform at a high level,” according to Marsden. Among those with whom the students chatted was Evelyn Bailey, a Pottstown graduate who majors in music therapy at Temple.

Before attending the recital, students and teachers enjoyed a dinner at Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market.

Photo from the Pottstown School District