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EAST ALLEGHENY HIGH SCHOOLEAHS
The East Allegheny High School District is located along U.S. Route 30, about fifteen miles east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and contains the communities of North Versailles, East McKeesport, Wilmerding and Wall.  Basically an industrial district, it encompasses an area of about 5.3 miles, and had a school population of about 3500 students K-12 during the years that Mr. Thomson served the school district.

EAST ALLEGHENY SYMPHONY BAND
The East Allegheny High School Symphony Band rehearsed for sixty minutes daily and for two hours each Thursday evening.  In addition, each student was seen once a week on a rotating basis, in a small chamber ensemble.  Sectional rehearsals were scheduled at the discretion of the section leaders with the permission of the director.  The monthly recital series provided the students with frequent performance opportunities.

Staff
East Allegheny High School Band Staff (Early 1970s)
John Thomson, Director of Bands, Michael Torino, Music Supervisor, Frank Stofan, Del Dowden

Staff
East Allegheny Music Department Reunion (Summer, 1992)
From Left: John Thomson, Band Director, Robert Farrell, Choral Director, Keith Bortoluzzi, General Music, Michael Torino, Music Supervisor, Del Dowden, Band Director, Lee Kumer, Colorguard and Majorette Instructor, Frank Stofan, Band Director

Not in Photo: David Beswarick, Orchestra Director


EAST ALLEGHENY HIGH SCHOOL BANDS
Special Performances and Honors (1967-1981)

1980-1981

1979-1980

1976 -1977

1975-1976

1974 - 1975

1973 - 1974

1972 - 1973

1971 - 1972

1970 - 1971

1969 - 1970

1968 - 1969

1967 - 1968

 

EAST ALLEGHENY HIGH SCHOOL BANDS
Guest Artists (1967-1981)

 

EAST ALLEGHENY HIGH SCHOOL SYMPHONY BANDS
Invitational Concert Series (1967-1981)
What started as an opportunity for my students to hear other schools in live performance quickly became a tradition.  We invited one or two guest ensembles each year to appear with us in concert.  The approach was non-competitive, and the students and staff always had an opportunity to meet and visit before and after the concert.  Our invitation to perform would, on occasion, result in a return invitation to perform at our guest’s school, providing my students with an additional performance experience.