Students to Play at Bowl

About 100 students from Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn have been invited to participate in the Cotton Bowl Music Festival from Dec. 30 to Jan. 1 in Dallas. They will also perform in the pregame and halftime shows at the bowl game Jan. 2.

The students are members of the school's marching band, wind ensemble, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble and concert band, said band director David Keller.

The Stone Bridge High School Music Boosters Association is planning three fundraisers to help cover the estimated travel costs of $700 a student, and it is seeking donations from businesses and residents. Tax-deductible donations may be mailed to SBHS MBA-Cotton Bowl, c/o Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Rd., Ashburn, Va. 20147. Checks should be made payable to SBHS MBA with "Cotton Bowl" on the memo line. For more information, call 703-858-1966 or 703-729-0771.

Donations for Food Bank

More than 2,200 pounds of food and paper items and $500 were collected for Loudoun Interfaith Relief's food bank at the Leesburg Kiwanis' 46th annual Halloween parade.

Map of Area Parkland

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority has published a revised wall map of more than 300 local, regional, state and federal parks in the region.

The authority said it worked with 14 public land-management agencies and organizations to produce the full color, nearly 3-foot-square map.

"We hope this map will assist local governments in planning and in park development as well as helping area citizens and visitors seeking nearby park experiences," said NVRPA planner Claire Blanchard, who coordinated the map project.

To order the Geographic Information Systems-based map, visit

Chorale Has New Director

The Loudoun Chorale has named William Propst its new director.

Propst has a bachelor's degree in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and a master of arts degree in music from Radford University. His experience in musical leadership ranges from choral groups to instrumental ensemble groups, including band director at Park View High School. He is an adjudicator at instrumental festivals in Virginia and has conducted honor bands in Virginia and West Virginia.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD