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Concert collaborations

The Seneca Valley School District hosted the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 5 Junior High Band Fest on March 26. Students representing school districts across Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties were selected through an application process to participate in either the Seventh and Eighth Grade Band, or the Ninth Grade Band. Instrumentalists spend the day working with guest conductors to prepare the concert music that would be performed that evening for families and friends.

Guest conductors for this year’s band fest were Mr. Robert Traugh, educator, freelance composer and performer in the Pittsburgh area, and Dr. Jonathan Helmick, Director of Bands at Slippery Rock University.

Hosting an event as acclaimed as the PMEA Jr. High Band Fest is a great undertaking that took over a year of preparation and organizing. It also requires an incredible amount of collaboration. Ryan Gloyer Middle School (RGMS) Instrumental Directors Mr. Brian Croach and Mrs. Sara Snyder worked in close cooperation with administration, safety and security, and food services, to name a few. Dr. Denise Manganello, Principal of the Seneca Valley Academy of Choice (SVAOC), opened the concert by offering a warm welcome to all visitors. Mr. Nolan Fetchko and the Seneca Valley Food Services Department assisted by providing snacks and meals for the 225 student participants throughout the day. Security and parking services needed to accommodate the many participating schools were covered by Mr. Jason Young and his safety team. The result of all these efforts was a remarkable day for all students and directors that participated.

Seneca Valley participants in Grade 7/8 Band:


Austin Courtney



Megan Gates

Dahlia Marcin

Aaron Hardy

Kimberly Lopez-Lopez



Joey Lagamba

Leo Markowitz

Alto Saxophone

Kyleigh Simoes


Baritone Saxophone

Gio Salgado



Colton Frankovitch

Daniel Kennaday

Caleb Karns

Brenden Schick

French Horn

Caroline Holmes

Riliegh Karns


Saoirse Heilman

Quinton Hixon

Wyatt Levere

Jonathan Brower


Charlotte Obyc

Dreden Anderson


Seneca Valley participants in Grade 9 Band:


Willow Campbell



Ella King

Emma Gallie


Alto Saxophone

Camden Armstrong


Tenor Saxophone

Stone Oechslein


Baritone Saxophone

Josh Heere


Nathan Lui

French Horn

Anna Livorse


Imogen Tomo

Olivia Hennon

Josh Glover

Bobby Tammariello



Devlyn Broderick

Jack Schaar


A special thanks to Mr. Brian Croach and Ms. Sara Snyder, band directors at Ryan Gloyer Middle School, for hosting this annual PMEA event.


Posted: May 3, 2024