Regarding Dave McKenna’s article about baton-twirling (Cheap Seats, “The Baton Death March,” 9/7): Just want it to go on record that there are six girls twirling for Damascus High School (Montgomery County) with their marching band. One senior, Colleen Murphy, two juniors, Nicole Caldwell and Britany Aebersold, two sophomores, Nikki Williams and Ashley Haddad, and one freshman, Sarah Mullen. They are coached, and their routine is choreographed by Elise Pittman, feature twirler for the Mighty Sound of Maryland, the University of Maryland marching band mentioned in the article. Damascus won the state football title two years ago and is hoping to repeat this year. The girls would love to twirl at the state championship game! All of them are currently on the Wheaton Dance/Twirl Team as well and hold countless twirling awards as members of the team and as individuals at the state, regional, and national level.

Please don’t count baton-twirling dead yet!!

Janet Mullen
Gaithersburg, Md.

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The new Fall Arts Guide (9/14) is really nicely done. The design is creative and interesting, but all the text is legible, the information is well organized, and, for a tabloid paper, it’s even well printed—photos and colors are sharp. You did a grand job.

Thanks, it’s going to be a pleasure to look things up in it this fall.

Katherine Lenard
Mount Pleasant


Due to an error by Editorial Assistant Aaron Leitko, the music listings for the Red and the Black are listed incorrectly in this year’s Fall Arts Guide. The archives section of the Red and the Black’s Web site was mistakenly used as the primary source for the venue’s listings; as a result, the listings in the guide reflect performances from the previous year. The correct schedule of upcoming shows at the Red and the Black can be found on the main calendar page of the venue’s Web site ( and each week in the City Paper.