She’s Got the Beat: Alumna Directs Official Drumline for Philadelphia Eagles

Vicki (Gilmour) Blum’78

Director for the Philadelphia Eagles Drumline
Music Teacher/Band Director
Norristown Area School District

Norristown, Pa.

Following a musical muse can take you to some unexpected places.

After her Messiah College graduation in 1978, alumna Vicki (Gilmour) Blum’s passion for music first took her to a Navajo reservation in New Mexico where she taught music to Native American junior-senior high school children.  Now, as the director of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles new professional drumline, Blum, a lifelong fan of marching band music, spends her Sunday afternoons on Lincoln Financial Field, where her skilled percussionists entertain 70,000 football fans.

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Posted on September 12th, 2011


Messiah nurtures the path of celebrated choral director

H. Royce Saltzman ’48

Messiah Academy & Junior College

Eugene, Ore.

For Royce Saltzman ’48, music has always been an integral part of life. “As a boy living in Abilene, Kansas, I attended a church that did not allow musical instruments in worship,” he says. “The congregation sang unaccompanied hymns in four parts … .” In 1940, his parents moved to Grantham, so Saltzman and his sister could attend Messiah Academy. His love of music, nurtured during the years he spent at the Academy and the Junior College, became a lifelong career. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on September 16th, 2010


Student pit director takes podium with aplomb

paul-cohen-3Paul Cohen ′09 
Music major with a concentration in commercial music 
Roches
ter, New York

A gifted performer and composer, Paul Cohen ’09 uses his musical talent to delight and faithfully inspire audiences from Grantham, Pennsylvania, to Rome, Italy.  

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Posted on May 4th, 2009


   

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