Arielle McNamee chosen for elite summer band

Seeks funding for European concert tour

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Arielle McNamee, daughter of Brad and Amy McNamee of 1606 Malone Street Louisville, has been selected to perform with a national performing organization known as The Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus. She is the grand-daughter of Tom and Sally Samblanet and Mike and Gonda McNamee all of Louisville.

Student musicians who have qualified for The Sound of America membership are responsible for all costs involved with the travels of the European concert tour. Frequently, however, local businesses, civic groups and organizations who have an interest in helping deserving students, will offer some financial sponsorship to the student representing their community.

McNamee, who plays the clarinet in The Louisville High School Marching Band, is a junior. This past winter she was selected to perform in The Kent State University All Star Band and has received superior ratings at solo and ensemble performances. She will join other select musicians chosen from applicants representing nearly every state when The Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus begins its 2012 European Concert tour this July. Selection into The Sound of America membership is a distinguished honor for all participants. McNamee and other members were carefully screened and chosen only after a rigid character and musical evaluation.

A level six musician, McNamee is extremely excited and humbled by this huge opportunity.

Her private teacher is Mrs. Karen Long, Louisville High School Band Director. She is currently involved in Jazz Band, Pep Band, Symphonic Band and The Spanish Club at Louisville High School. She also plays the piano and is a former member of The Canton Youth Symphony Orchestra.

All student performers will meet on the campus of Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania on June 29. After four days of intensive rehearsal and orientation, the group will depart from New York to Frankfurt, Germany. The group is scheduled to present nine performances in some of Europe's finest concert halls and major cathedrals during its 23 day concert tour. The students will experience the cultures of six countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and Luxembourg.

Clyde M. Barr, Past State President of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and President of the North American Music Festivals which sponsors music festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada, is Tour Coordinator and Conductor of the Honor Band.

The Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus is celebrating its 36th year and is recognized as one of the finest and most successful European Concert Tour programs in existence. It has received national acclaim for its exemplary success in achieving outstanding cultural relationships with European countries.

The Sound of America Inc. is registered with the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and The United States Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit organization.

Any person, business or civic organization is encouraged to contact McNamee. She is actively seeking sponsors to help fund her Sound of America tour. Any donation on her behalf will be considered a donation to a non-profit. A receipt will be given from The Sound of America, Inc.

Please contact Arielle at 330-875-0680 if you wish to know more, make a donation or have her come speak to your club or organization.

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