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Eleven KSC Students Will Play in New England Band

KEENE, N.H. 2/27/03 - Professor Douglas Nelson, director of bands at Keene State College, recently announced that all 11 KSC students who competed have been accepted into the 2003 New England Intercollegiate Band.

These Keene State students will be among the 78 members in the band from 21 colleges and universities throughout New England performing at the annual New England Intercollegiate Band Festival on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, at Rhode Island College in Providence. This year’s conductor will be Allan McMurray from the University of Colorado-Boulder, one of the outstanding wind band conductors in the country.

On the basis of their taped auditions, the following Keene State students were named members of the 2003 New England Intercollegiate Band:

Leah Kisselbrack of Chester, Conn., and Ashley Crawford of Mystic, Conn., were selected for the flute section. Kisselbrack was named to the principal chair.

Sarah Kelly of Groveton, N.H., Lisa Tower of Norwood, Mass., and Sarah Swasey of Strafford, N.H., were chosen for the clarinet section. Kelly was named principal chair.

Nicole Connolly of Suffield, Conn., was selected to play bass clarinet.

Nick Pelton of Springfield, Vt., was named to play tenor saxophone and Kathryn Phelan of North Andover, Mass., was selected to play baritone saxophone.

Hilary Pitha of Dalton, Mass., Renée Hatch of Bennington, Vt., and Tom Morse of Londonderry, N.H., were selected for the trumpet section.

Keene State has hosted the New England Intercollegiate Band Festival twice in the past, most recently in 1997. For further information about this year’s festival, call Professor Nelson at 603-358-2182.

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