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News in Brief: BR Students Selected for District Band

By: Emma Davis/Editor-in-Chief

Blue Ridge High School Director of Bands Vincent LoRusso announced on December 1, 2023 that four Blue Ridge band students qualified for the PMEA District 9 Band Festival to be held in January.

The students who qualified are as follows: seniors, Stephanie Buerkle, Braeden Philpott and Conner Sauer; and sophomore Addison Welch.

Buerkle also qualified for District Orchestra to be held in February.

PMEA District 9 is comprised of the Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wayne, Wyoming, and Susquehanna counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

According to the PMEA website, “PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization of over 4,500 members, dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians.”

For more information see: the PMEA website at: To purchase festival tickets, see:



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