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Five Lycoming College students have been selected for the 65th annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival, scheduled for March 9-12 at California University of Pennsylvania. Bill Blachly, Andrea Burleigh, Kelly Ciesla, Sara Petokas and Lucas Reckling are among 100 students in the state to receive the honor.
Blachly, who plays bassoon, is a senior archaeology/culture of the ancient Near East and religion major from Sewell, N.J.
Burleigh, who plays trombone, is a freshman English literature major seeking education certification from Pleasant Mount, Pa.
Ciesla, who plays bass clarinet, is a junior art major from Eastampton, N.J.
Petokas, who plays French horn, is a freshman general studies major from Tunkhannock, Pa.
Reckling, who plays clarinet, is a junior archaeology/culture of the ancient Near East and religion major from Brookline, Mass.
The instrumentalists will join students from 20 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to perform a concert under the direction of Frank Wickes, who recently retired as director of bands from Louisiana State University.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.