The big Oak Hill High School Halloween Coffeehouse will take place on Fri., Oct. 29. from 6:30 p.m. till 10 p.m. This year’s event will feature the ever-popular pumpkin carving, the scream contest, lots of goodies, and some of the finest young musicians and poets this side of the Saint John River Valley.

The fall Coffeehouse will be a special benefit event for two talented young musicians from Greene. LJ and Allison Neal, daughters of Oak Hill Music Director John Neal and Robin Neal were recently accepted into the prestigious Bands of America Honors Band which will perform at Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day. The Oak Hill event will help support the cost of their educational travel.

Students from across America were invited to submit audition recordings for a position in this select ensemble, to be directed by George N. Parks of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band.

The only students to be selected from Maine, LJ and Allison will travel to Pasadena on Dec. 26 for a week of rehearsals and marching practice before participating with the Bands of America Honors Band in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Honor Band members will also enjoy a special pre-event tour of the parade floats along with visits to Disneyland, Universal Studios, and other local attractions. The Honors Band will also present several concert performances at various venues in the Los Angeles area during the week before the parade. Honors Band members will return home Jan. 2, 2005.

LJ and Allison Neal are members of the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Peter Martin, and the Leavitt Area High School Concert and Marching Bands, under the direction of Mr. William Buzza.

LJ and Allison will be joined by Mr. Neal for a special performance at the Oak Hill Coffeehouse. In addition to LJ and Allison, the Coffeehouse will feature members of Missing Direction, guitarists Matt Meyer and Michael Hughes, and singers Sarah Radovich, Stephanie Stevens and Brittiny Rae Gagon. Bands from Lewiston and Lisbon High School will also make an appearance, as well as poets Jeremy Young, Brian Conde and Dana Bonin.

“The Coffeehouse is filled with food, talent and fun,” says Oak Hill senior Dana Bonin. “It’s one of the high points of the year for me. It’s definitely worth making an appearance at.”

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