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MAHS students selected for District Jazz Band

MEYERSDALE - Three talented Meyersdale Area High School musicians, Hope Canfield, Shelby Hetz and Kyle Petroski, were selected to attend and perform in the District 6 Jazz Festival. Held on January 19 and 20, this annual event was hosted by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.


Students from the following school districts were in attendance: Meyersdale, Cambria Heights, Altoona, Richland, Conemaugh Township, Everett, Forest Hills, Shanksville-Stonycreek, Central, North Star, Hollidaysburg, Claysburg-Kimmel, Penn Cambria, Tyrone, Greater Johnstown, Westmony Hilltop, Bellwood-Antis and Chestnut Ridge. 


Following two days of rehearsals, students performed in a public concert on January 20. The guest conductors for the event were Brandon Booth, Jim Flowers, Rick Hirsch and Michael Kokus.


Shelby Hetz, an Alto, was selected to perform in the Vocal Evolutions ensemble. Her ensemble performed the following selections: “You Can’t Hurry Love,” by The Supremes; “Don’t Stop the Music,” by Rhianna; “Soul Bossa Nova,” by Quincy Jones;  and “Superstition,” by Stevie Wonder. 


Hope Canfield, tenor saxophone, was selected to perform in the Yellow Band ensemble. The Yellow Band performed the following musical selections: “Mambo Over the Mountain,”  by Rick Hirsch; “Better Get Hit in Your Soul,” by Mingus; “Cubano Chant,” Bryant; and “The Water Road,” also by Hersch.


Kyle Petroski, bass guitar, was selected to perform with the Modern band. The Modern Band performed the following musical selections: “”Signed, Sealed, XDelivered, I’m Yours,” by Stevie Wonder; “Rock and Roll,” by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant; “If I Ain’t Got You,” by Alicia Keys; “Miami 2017,” by Billy Joel; “Smooth,” by Rob Thomas; and “Proud Mary,” by John C. Fogerty, the Tina Turner version.