Young musicians have filled Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Franklin this week with the sounds of music and jokes during this year's Junior Silver Cornet Band program.

This year, 39 musicians between fifth and eighth grade with at least one year of experience on their instrument make up the band. The students represent a variety of school districts across the area, including Franklin, Oil City, Valley Grove, Cranberry, Titusville, Lakeview and Cochranton.

The Junior Silver Cornet Band began in 2005 as an offshoot of the Franklin Silver Cornet Band.

Oil City High School band director Dan Cartwright directs the junior band while a number of other Cornet Band members help organize the band and assist its members during rehearsal.

"It's going great. Sparkles and rainbows every day," Cartwright said.

The musicians will have rehearsed about 14 hours over four days this week before performing several selections during their annual concert tonight. The program isn't all work though as the students also enjoy playing games over snack breaks and sharing music-related jokes throughout rehearsal.

The Junior Silver Cornet Band will give its annual concert during the Silver Cornet Band concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Bandstand Park in Franklin. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to First Baptist Church.

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