2015 Young Artist Competition

YAC Poster.pdf
YAC Application.doc
YAC Letter to Teachers.doc
YAC Rules.doc
YAC Rules.pdf

YAC Contact:
Carl Sponenberg

YAC Poster

Fifth Annual Young Artist Solo / Ensemble Competition

-- Note the competition date has been changed to Jan 18, 2014!

We are offering $1,000 in prize money! f

While there are many of these types of competitions for students of orchestral instruments, very few are for students of band instruments. We want to offer this opportunity to school-aged students from the surrounding area, including only Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton and Perry Counties in PA, and Washington County in MD.

Please feel free to duplicate the announcement poster and application form. While we have attempted to identify all schools in the six eligible counties, it is possible that we have missed a few, so we thank you for sharing this information with your music colleagues in both the public and private sectors.

Thank you for distributing this information to students in your area, and please encourage them to apply.

The 2014 Winners

Solo Competition winner Gina Baldoni from Big Spring High School on the french horn.

Ensemble Competition Winner,The Carlisle Quartet, all from Carlisle High School from left to right: Jack Clark, Bari sax: Jenny Morris, alto sax: Doug Spivak, soprano sax and William Morris, tenor sax.

Ship Band’s spring concert to feature high school soloists

7 APRIL 2014 

SHIPPENSBURG >> Each January the Shippensburg Band hosts auditions for the best soloist on a band instrument and the best ensemble of 3 to 5 band instrumentalists in the six surrounding counties. This year’s winners will perform at the Shippensburg Band’s Spring Concert which will be on Sunday April 27 at 2:30 in the Shippensburg Area Senior High School auditorium.

Gina Baldoni, will be playing Nocturno Opus 7 by Franz Strauss on the french horn with the band.  Gina has studied the french horn since 4th grade and plays in many groups including the Big Spring High School Concert Band, the Cumberland County Honors Band, Upper District 7 Band, the Region 5 Band.

The winner of the Ensemble Competition was TheCarlisle Quartet which is composed of Douglas Spivak on soprano saxophone, William Morris on tenor saxophone, Jenny Morris on alto saxophone and Jack Clark on baritone saxophone.  They are all students of Fred Quigley of Carlisle.  They will play Quatuor pour Saxophone, Movements I and III by Faustin and Maurice Jeanjean for this concert.  Each of these talented saxophonist have also played in many musical groups in Carlisle High School, the community, and District Band on a variety of instruments.  Come support these very talented young people.

The Shippensburg Band includes players from the surrounding area who enjoy making music together.  For this concert, our conductor, Carl Sponenberg has chosen marches from well loved American composers Karl. L. King and John Phillip Sousa and a British style march by Kenneth J. Alford that you may remember from The bridge on the River Kwai. Other pieces include a medley of popular tunes from the early 1900′s, rousing selection’s from  Andrew Lloyd Webber and a romantic waltz by Irvin Berlin.

The 2013 Winners:

Isabelle Macioce

Isabelle Macioce playing the rondo movement of the Mozart Concerto for Clarinet .won this year's soloist prize.

Previously, Isabelle won the junior division of Shippensburg YAC in Jan of 2011 as a 6th grader performing Concertino by Carl Von Weber in our Spring Concert. She plays with the Harrisburg Youth Orchestra and the Big Spring Middle School Band. She has substituted with the Hershey Symphony and was selected as a first clarinet for District 7 Upper Band for the past 2 years. She was selected as a young artist finalist with the Hershey Symphony recently.  She has studied the clarinet for 4 years.

GSWS Clarinet Quartet
The G.W.S.W clarinet quartet won the ensemble competition with their rendition of the first movement of the  Divertimento for Clarinet  by Alfred Uhl. 

The members of the quartet are as follows. 
  • Anne R. Griggs is a student at Carlisle High School and has played the clarinet since fifth grade. She has played in District since eighth grade and has played in the County Band since ninth grade. This year Anne played in the District 7 Jazz festival and has played in the musical pit for her school.   
  • Shannon Williams is a student at Boiling Springs High School who has participated in County Band for 4 years, District Band for 3, District Orchestra for 1, Region Band for 1, and the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra for 2 years. In her high school, she is involved in the concert, marching, jazz, pep, and pit bands. 
  • Anna Sweeney is a student at Carlisle High School. She has played 4 years in County Band, 1 year in County Orchestra, 3 years in District Band and 2 years in her high school pit orchestra.
  • Avery Weigle from the Bible Baptist School in Shiremanstown has been playing bass clarinet for 3 years. He has participated in County Band and District Band for 3 years, Regional Band for 1 year and District Orchestra for 1 year and has played in the pit orchestra for 3 high school musicals at Bible Baptist School.
The quartet members are students of Mr. J. Fred Quigley.

The 2012 Winners:

Zach Long 2012 Winner
Ship Bands Spring Concert Features High School Soloists
On Sunday May 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM in the Shippensburg High School, the Shippensburg Band presented a concert featuring the winners of the bands Young Artist Competition.

Zachary Long from Chambersburg won the senior division, playing The Concerto for Trombone and Band by RimskyKorsakov. Zack takes lessons from Bernie Pitkin through the Cumberland School of Music and is a student at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

Rebecca Li

Rebecca B. Li won the junior division, playing Il Pastore Svizzero (The Swiss Shepherd) by Pietro Morlacchi. Suzanne Thierry from CVSM is Rebeccas teacher. Rebecca is a student at the Chambersburg Area Middle School South.

The Shippensburg Band members feel privileged to be able to play with such accomplished and talented young musicians. We specially invite young people to come and hear our soloists. Other selections by the band included familiar tunes such as Highlights from Mary Poppins and two marches that feature the trombone sections: The Squealer by Will Huff and Slim Trombone by Henry Filmore. Screamers and squealers are a type of circus march; when you hear it, you will know why. Another selection was OvertureMilitairewhich is based on a theme fromSymphony Militaireby Joseph Hayden. Two pieces evoke the spirit of the western USA. Dennis O. Evelands Chisolm Trail is an energetic piece with lots of percussion and Pride of the Western Reserve by Gene Milford, a lively cut time march which will gets your toes tapping from the start. Fanfare Mid-America written by David Holsinger for The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America is a challenging bold piece. The Big East March by Alfred Reed is a rich, buoyant show stopper written for The Big East Band Directors Association and dedicated to The Bands of the Big East Football Conference.

In addition to our Young Artist Competition every January, the Shippensburg Band also awards scholarships for half the cost of instrument lessons from any recognized teacher to all band members who play regularly with the Shippensburg Band. We usually rehearse on Tuesday nights from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. in the Shippensburg High School Band Room. Everyone who plays a band instrument is invited to come and sit in on a rehearsal.

The Shippensburg Band

View the Band as it was in 1925

Bass Drum

Our History  

(NEW:  Read a historical article published in Public Opinion, 1970)

In the winter of 1922, sixteen men held a meeting for the purpose of organizing a community band.  It was the beginning of the Shippensburg Band as we know it today.  It was not the first band to be organized in Shippensburg.   An 1871 reference has been found relating to the Shippensburg Concert Band which had successor bands known as the Walter Snodgrass Cornet Band and the Edward Shippen Military Band.

Salvadore Collangelo, the band's first director, organized the Shippensburg Band back in 1922. Shortly afterwards, Clarence Smith of Carlisle took over as director of the band and continued in that capacity until 1935.  In addition to his duties as director, Mr. Smith instituted a beginning class of musicians in order to build the band's membership.
Professor Ralph Schecter, who taught English and Music at Dickinson College, served as director of the band from 1936 until 1961.  He was followed by Kenneth Slater, a former cornet soloist with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Field Band, who served as director from 1962 to 1966 when the director's staff was handed over to Donald Bollinger.  

Mr. Bollinger served as the band director until his retirement in 1986, when he was followed by Victor Coble.  Donald Bollinger returned as guest conductor for the fall concert in 1992, and as full-time conductor in 1993 until his second retirement in 2004.  Our present director is Carl Sponenberg, former director of Big Spring High School.

Since its inception, the Band has marched in the Memorial Day Parade and other parades in addition to performing at other local and regional events.

Each year, the Band presents its Spring Concert in March or April and a Fall Concert in November, drawing a responsive audience from the community.
Fans can watch the band perform at more than 25 events each year which may include:


  • Concerts in the Park (Gettysburg, Chambersburg, Shippensburg, surrounding communities)
  • Civil War Re-enactment Concert
  • Memorial Day Service at Middle Spring Presbyterian Church 
  • Summer reading program kick-off at Shippensburg Library 
  • Independence Day Ceremonies 
  • Shippensburg Fair Vespers Services 
  • Shippensburg Corn Festival 
  • Many nursing homes and health care facilities throughout the area.

The Shippensburg Band has gathered many individuals from the Shippensburg, PA and surrounding communities to make music and share it with others.  It is a dynamic group of young and old from all walks of life.  The band has survived over the years because of good leadership, the dedication of its members, and excellent community support.  We continue to return to the community our quality entertainment enjoyed by people of all ages.


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PO Box 222
Shippensburg, PA  17257

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