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Harrison High Tunes Up for School Bandathon

HARRISON, N.Y. - Harrison's finest musicians will be showcased through the end of the week when the high school presents its annual "Bandathon" musical celebration. Students will be recognized for their musical accomplishments alongside special guest appearances by school alumni.

The celebration will kick off on Thursday, Feb. 2 at Harrison High School with musical project presentations from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school's media center. Recitals will begin Friday afternoon.

Touring professional musician and Harrison graduate Jamie Alimorad will make a guest appearance on Friday to close out the three-day long event.

Director of Harrison's Fine and Performing Arts Mary Ellis said the annual celebration is a unique opportunity for Harrison's students, under the direction of band directors Fred Pasqua and Charlie Briem.

"This wonderful celebration is a chance to showcase the many and varied accomplishments of the Harrison High School band students," Ellis said.

The project presentations are determined by class year. Freshman and first year musicians complete a special interest examination of their own instrument. Sophomores and second year students will present a musical investigation, examining the performance decisions made when interpreting two pieces of literature in differing styles. Juniors explore music after Harrison High School by looking at career opportunities, alumni experiences, the music industry or their own interests. Senior's presentations are deferred to May when they will present a "Legacy Project" that leaves their mark with the band program as they commence.

Here is a full lineup of the Bandathon festivities:

Thursday, Feb. 2 : - Music Project Presentations from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the HHS Media Center Friday, Feb. 3: - Music Project Presentations from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the HHS Media Center - Recitals and small group performances from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the HPAC - Group Performances 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the HPAC - Student Bands at 8 p.m. in the HPAC - Headliner Jamie Alimorad at 9 p.m. in the HPAC

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