Name: Elinor Kurtiak
School: Harrold Middle School
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Hello ! Thank you for visiting my site! My name is Elinor Kurtiak. During my tenure in the Hempfield Area School District, I have taught middle school band at Harrold as well as general music. There are currently almost 150 students in grades 6, 7 & 8 enrolled in the band program. In addition to the 6th grade Concert Band & the 7/8 Symphonic Band, I offer a Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble for students wishing to expand their musical experience. To participate in these select ensembles the students audition at the beginning of the school year. The Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band perform outside the school. One of these performances is for a panel of adjudicators every May. After this performance, students spend a day at an amusement park such as Hershey Park. The 8th grade band students take a trip every March to Cleveland, OH to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. The Harrold band program is both challenging and fun for the students.