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Former LT band director returns

Jeffrey A. Tylutki, now director of bands at Virginia high school, back for shows.

Orange County High School Symphonic Band will have a joint concert with Lackawanna Trail.

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FACTORYVILLE – A former assistant marching band director from Lackawanna Trail Junior-Senior High School will be delivering a concert tour to the area Tuesday for two special performances.

Jeffrey A. Tylutki, director of bands at Orange County High School in Virginia, is beginning the school’s 2009 Northeast Concert Tour, which will include a joint performance with the Lackawanna Trail High School Bands.

“The Lackawanna Trail Music Program gave me a great start in my journey toward becoming a truly well-rounded and successful music educator; a journey I am still on today. I was able to participate in the Concert Bands, Brass Choirs, Jazz Band, Madrigal Singers, Schola Singers and Marching Band,” Tylutki said.

The music educator expressed gratitude for the opportunity offered by his alma mater years ago.

“After college, I was lucky enough to work as the assistant marching band director at Lackawanna Trail and I now currently compose the field show for their group as part of my Dark Scroll Composition Studio,” Tylutki said.

“The position that the Lackawanna Trail administration and board offered me to work with those students was truly the most valuable of my career. Those individuals took a chance on a young teacher with little experience, and I will always be in their debt. It gave me the opportunity to gain experience with a group of dedicated musicians and to help Katie Bower and others form the successful LTHS Marching Lions your area knows today.”

And Tylutki promises to return the favor with two shows from Orange County High School on Tuesday: one at the Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center at 9:30 a.m. and another, a collaboration with the Lackawanna Trail bands.

“Those attending the concerts on April 14 will first and foremost be treated to a wonderful experience enjoying the sounds of two excellent music programs, Lackawanna Trail and Orange County High School. It is not often that two schools from different states get a chance to perform together,” he said.

He described a few aspects of the show.

“The OCHS Symphonic Band provides music in a wind ensemble setting, which will include dramatic highlights, sensitive moments and a great deal of expressive musicianship. Those in attendance will also enjoy some specific climactic instances such as antiphonal brass. The OCHS Jazz Ensemble is a top-rated jazz ensemble from Virginia, which benefits from the healthy jazz culture of Charlottesville and Washington, D.C. We seek to provide the audience with jazz charts from a variety of time periods and sub-genres.”

As Fine Arts Department chair at Orange County High School, Tylutki is in a position to offer direction to young musicians.

“Practice more and practice more efficiently,” he said. “You have to know that if you want to be great, you will have to give up some social time, you will have to pick up your horn when you might rather be out in the sunshine. Greatness always requires some time sacrifice, but it is well worth it if you want to excel in music, or any other discipline for that matter. It takes true commitment to your craft.”

Tylutki directed all student musicians to sing. “I was lucky to start this at Lackawanna Trail in Ms. Reinheimer’s excellent choral program. I am grateful to her. Whether you play percussion or trumpet – clarinet or sax – you must sing every day.”

OCHS Symphonic Band repertoire: OCHS Jazz Ensemble selections:

“English Folk Song Suite”

Ralph Vaughan Williams

“Marches des Parachutistes Belges”

Pierre Leemans

“Men of Ohio”

Henry Filmore

“Emperata Overture”

Claude T. Smith

“The Battle Pavane”

Tielman Susato

“Russian Christmas Music”

Alfred Reed

“Lincolnshire Posy”

Percy Aldridge Grainger

“Stormy Weather”

Jerry Nowak

“Walkin’ About”

Thad Jones


Cy Colman

“Watermelon Man”

Herbie Hancock

“Come Rain or Come Shine”

Johnny Mercer

“Little Brown Jug”

Paul Lavender

“Afro Blue”

Mongo Santamaria

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