Scot Symphonic Band to Perform in Easton on March 21

Scot Symphonic Band

The sights and sounds of Scotland will descend upon Easton when The College of Wooster’s Scot Symphonic Band performs in concert on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Easton High School, 2601 William Penn Highway.

Directed by Nancy Ditmer and assisted by Ned Brooks, the band has entertained audiences nationwide during its annual spring tour since 1976. The ensemble’s distinctive uniforms, which consist of kilts with hand-sewn pleats made from the College’s MacLeod tartan plaid, represent Wooster’s Scottish Presbyterian heritage.

The tour features music of various styles and genres representative of substantive wind band literature. The concert opens with John Zdechlik’s “Celebrations,” a spirited work consisting of two contrasting themes marked by changing colors and textures between woodwind and brass choirs.

Also on the program are contrasting works of Pittsburgh composer Samuel Hazo. “Sky is Waiting” represents a musical timeline of humankind’s quest for flight, while “Exultate” is an exciting piece written originally for the inauguration of Charles Dougherty as President of Duquesne University in 2001 and is dedicated by the Scot Band to Wooster’s newest President, Sarah Bolton, installed as the 12th president in October, 2016. “Bach’s Fugue à la Gigue” was originally composed for pipe organ and transcribed by Gustav Holst for military band in 1927.

Mark Camphouse’s “A Movement for Rosa” pays tribute to Rosa Parks for her peaceful act of personal courage, which sparked the civil rights movement of the 1950’s. Written in three distinct sections, the first evokes Rosa’s peaceful early years, while the agitated middle segment portrays years of racial strife and the quest for social equality. The final section features the hymn, “We Shall Overcome” and ends with unresolved harmonies representing racism’s lingering presence in American society.

Other works include Percy Grainger’s lively and infectious “The Immovable Do,” two movements from Robert Russell Bennett’s “Suite of Old American Dances,” and Arthur Pryor’s distinctly American “Blue Bells of Scotland,” featuring Junior trombone soloist Thomas Matlak.

No Scot Band concert would be complete without the music of Scotland, featuring the bagpipers and Highland dancers, including the traditional concluding collaborative rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

There is no admission fee for the performance, but a freewill offering will be taken

Steel Stacks Jazz Showcase

Jazz Band at Steel Stacks February 19, 2017

Congratulations to the Jazz Band on their performance at the

Steel Stacks Jazz Showcase last night!

They received awards for: Best Sax Section, Best Rhythm Section, Best Reed Soloist: Tyler Diehl and Best Rhythm Soloist: Anoop Soodini

Spaghetti Dinner Highlights

Spaghetti Dinner 2017 Photo 1

Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed

the Easton Area High School Orchestra’s annual

Spaghetti Dinner.

Music for everyone’s dining pleasure

was provided by

Spaghetti Dinner 2017 Flute Ensemble

the Flute Ensemble

Spaghetti Dinner 2017 Jazz Quartet

Jazz Quartet

Spaghetti Dinner 2017 Chamber Strings

Chamber Strings


Spaghetti Dinner 2017 Orchestra

the Orchestra.

The dinner raised over $2,000.

The Orchestra made their donation to

Valley Youth House.

New Date Added for Evaluations

The 8th grade evaluation sign ups have been rolling along and the original sign up dates are almost full!  So, we’ve added an additional evening for evaluations. If you have not already signed up, please use this link to select your time on March 7.

Orchestra Spaghetti Dinner

Join us on Saturday, February 18 from 5pm – 8pm

for the annual

Orchestra Spaghetti Dinner for Charity

Enjoy a delightful meal

as you are serenaded by the

Easton Area High School Orchestra


Chamber Strings

 This year, the Orchestra students have chosen Valley Youth House as the recipient of this year’s donation.





8th Grade Instrumental Evaluations

It’s an exciting time of year as 8th grade band and orchestra students begin preparing for their transition to the high school instrumental music program!  As part of that transition, mandatory evaluations will be held March 13, 14, 20, 27 and 28. This is an evaluation, not an audition, for participating in the high school instrumental program.  8th grade students will receive a letter in the mail letting them know what they need to prepare for their evaluation.  Please click here to be taken to the sign up page for your evaluation time slot.

Bon Ton Fundraiser

Once again we are selling coupon booklets for the Bon Ton Community Days event to be held November 9 – 12. We think this fundraiser will be appealing to everyone!

100% of the money we raise is ours to keep!

The booklets are easy to use and you may even find you need more than one.

Here are a few of the fantastic offers in the booklet that make it such a great deal.

  • A $10 off coupon to use on your first purchase, Donate $5, Get $10!
  • A shopping pass for up to 25% off throughout the store – use it over and over again.
  • A 30% off item coupon
  • Plus merchandise offers on everything you need right now!

Get your booklets from Colleen Semanek – contact her at or (610) 253-8141.

Or you can buy them on line:

The booklets may be used at Bon-Ton, Elder-Beerman, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Herberger’s and Younkers Department stores, so family and friends who are not in the area may even be interested.

Again, the booklets cost $5 and include, among other deals, a coupon for $10 off any $10 or more item.

The Community Days event does culminate on the same day as our Fall Craft Fair, but it begins on Wednesday, so there is plenty of time to make it to both.

If you have any questions about this fundraiser, contact Colleen Semanek.

Drive 4 UR School

Drive 4 UR School August 21, 9am-2pm

Come to Easton Area High School to test drive a car from Koch 33 Ford.

Sunday, August 21: 9am – 2pm

The IMA earns $20 for each test drive.

No sales pitch or strings attached, just test drive the car.

We Need 300 Drivers.

All drivers will be entered into a raffle for tickets to a Penn State football game.

Come test drive a car and support Easton Area High School instrumental music.