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The Olney Concert Band has named local music educator and percussionist Joel Frisch its new conductor. Frisch started Jan. 1, following a six-month search and audition process.

“Community music is a great thing to do with your time, coming together once a week to make music, and to share that music with the greater community,” Frisch said. “That’s why I’m involved in two community bands and am excited about this opportunity to work with the Olney Concert Band.”

Frisch was interim assistant conductor last season when the band was under the baton of interim conductor Joan Rackey. He has been a member of the band’s percussion section since 2006.

“We’re definitely excited to have Joel on board,” said band President Rich Sonnenschein. “He is diligent, entertaining, and enjoys taking on tough musical challenges with the band, to deliver fulfilling performances for both the band and audience alike.”

Frisch, of Clarksville, received degrees in music performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and Michigan State University, where he studied percussion, and a certificate in music education from Towson University. He is a public school music educator in Harford County.

The community ensemble, which meets Wednesday evenings at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, has openings for players in all sections, especially clarinet, euphonium and percussion. The band will perform under Frisch’s direction at upcoming community events, including Olney Days on May 18, the Sandy Spring Museum Strawberry Festival on June 7, the Women’s Board Annual Picnic and Bazaar on July 22, and the annual Maryland Community Band Day on June 8.

More information is at olneyconcertband.org.