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McKeesport Area students contribute to regional music events

| Friday, March 15, 2013, 3:51 a.m.
In a McKeesport Area High School music room, front row from left, are Alex Savage, Jacob Garwood, Casey Wash, Casey Carreiro, Taylor Fillippa, Brent Murphy and Sam Storms; back row, Taylor Dorman, Josta Huff-Mahan, John Meekins, Paul Fields, Brya Harper, Abigail Altieri, Victoria Ridge, Sara Levendusky and Jason Desmuke.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
In a McKeesport Area High School music room, front row from left, are Alex Savage, Jacob Garwood, Casey Wash, Casey Carreiro, Taylor Fillippa, Brent Murphy and Sam Storms; back row, Taylor Dorman, Josta Huff-Mahan, John Meekins, Paul Fields, Brya Harper, Abigail Altieri, Victoria Ridge, Sara Levendusky and Jason Desmuke.

McKeesport Area students are taking part in a full season of regional music events.

Participating in Pennsylvania Music Educators Association concerts and one out-of-state program, McKeesport Area kids said they're thankful for the experience to play music in larger, diverse groups.

“It's fun,” high school student John Meekins said. “I met new people who I can relate to. It was easy to make a bunch of new friends, and we made a song together.”

High school choir director Beth Eger said students gain a wealth of positive experiences through learning and performing music.

“It helps them to become more well-rounded students,” Eger said, noting that PMEA participation broadens the spectrum of their growth. “It's important for students to see what other students are doing outside of McKeesport.”

McKeesport Area students have taken part or will participate in the following:

• PMEA District 1 Senior High Chorus — John Meekins and Paul Fields.

• PMEA Regional Senior High Chorus — Paul Fields.

• PMEA District 1 Junior High East Chorus — Abigail Altieri, Victoria Ridge, Brya Harper, Josta Huff-Mahan, Cameron Mitchell and Katherine Wade (Founders Hall Middle School).

• PMEA District 1 Senior High Orchestra — Casey Carreiro, Sam Storms and Alex Savage.

• PMEA District 1 Junior High Orchestra — Brent Murphy, Jacob Garwood, Becca Ross (Founders Hall Middle School) and Avery Goldinger (Founders Hall Middle School).

• PMEA District 1 East Band — Jason Desmuke, Sara Levendusky, Taylor Dorman and Taylor Fillippa.

• West Virginia Honors Band — Casey Wash and Taylor Fillippa.

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or jvertullo@tribweb.com.

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