The festival for the student's begin on Friday, April 14 and the kids work all that day and Saturday morning with guest conductor Benjamin Rochford, who is a Titusville alum. He also spent some time working in the Valley Grove School District.
Rochford in the Associate Director of Bands at the Ithaca College where he conducts the Wind Symphony and Concert Band and teaches courses in instrumental conducting and brass pedagogy. Rochford completed a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree in Instrumental Conducting from Youngstown State University. He is an active freelance trumpet player and has performed with the Erie Philharmonic, Venango Chamber Orchestra, Franklin Silver Cornet Band, and various jazz groups.
The concert Saturday is at 1:30 p.m. and tickets are $4. The public is encouraged to attend and support local music education.