• Mrs. Gross Hello! My name is Mrs. Gross. I have been teaching music in the Spring Grove Area School District for 32 years. In those 32 years, I have taught Elementary Music, Elementary Band, Elementary Strings, SGI Music, SGI Chorus, SGI Strings, MS Music (where I started the current guitar program), MS Strings (where I was an instructor for the Blue Crew Marching Band), and Indoor Guard (where we won 1st place at the State Championships). My school String Ensembles have performed at many venues and community events. We have performed at the PA State Capitol, have participated in adjudication events like Music in the Parks, where we have won 1st place, and have traveled to Washington DC to perform with the United States Air Force ensembles. My string students have been able to perform with Mark Wood from the Trans Siberian Orchestra! I have also started the Pigeon Hills String Invitational Festival in 2018. While at SGASD, I was also the Assistant Band Director and drill writer/instructor for the Central York High School Marching Band.
    I play many instruments as well as sing. I am involved in many performing ensembles. As for my string experience, I have been playing the violin and viola since 3rd grade in the Hanover Public School District. I am currently the Principal Violist and Assistant Conductor for the Hanover Symphony Orchestra. I am a founding member who started the HSO and have been with the HSO for 26 years. I also have my own string quartet that plays for all types of events. I have performed with various quartets, ensembles, pit orchestras, and symphony orchestras. I also performed with the Hanover Community Singers Orchestra.
    I play band instruments as well. I have been playing the clarinet since 4th grade, and saxophone since 9th grade in the Hanover Public School District. When I was in 7th grade, I joined the Lyric Band of Hanover. I became the first woman and the youngest member of the Lyric Band to conduct the Lyric Band. I was also their Drum Major when they marched in parades. I perform with the Littlestown Area Municipal Band. I am currently the baritone saxophone player  for The Jazzberries Jazz Band. I perform percussion instruments at my church and with the Hanover Community Singers.
    I am active in my church, St Matthew Lutheran Church in Hanover PA (which has the 9th largest pipe organ in the world), musically where I sing in the Adult Choir, vocal / instrumental soloist, participate in the Handbell choir, and perform any instrument accompaniment that is requested by our Music Director. 
    I also enjoy musical theater. I perform in pit orchestras currently, as well as in high school/college. My senior year in high school, I was Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls". I was awarded "Best Actress" for my role as Hamlet's mother Gertrude in the comedy play "A Danish Soap: The Danes of Our Lives". I have performed various other characters in local theater and was in "Willie Wonka" with AOK. I also took 10 years of dancing at the Hildegard Hamme School of Dance in Hanover. I was an Alto singer/soloist in the Eichelberger Chorale.
    I also participated in sports in middle school and high school. I played basketball for 6 years where my position was  forward.  I was instrumental in starting and playing in  the first girls softball team at Hanover High school where I was the catcher.  I participated in track where I ran sprints and relay.
    I am a graduate of Hanover High School and West Chester University where I was in all of the  musical ensembles. I had the honor of being Drum Major for 2 years of  Hanover High School's Marching Band where my senior year we beat 17 other bands to take first place at State Championships. I was also Drum Major for 2 years of the Incomparable West Chester University Marching Band. Being a part of these two marching bands also gave me the opportunity to march in two Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parades. I have worked with and written drills for many area marching bands, indoor guards, and was an instructor with the George Parks Drum Major Academy for 7 years. 
    I received my Master's Degree from McDaniel College in Curriculum and Instruction. I also earned my ESL Degree from Millersville University/ Wilkes University. I continue to keep current with new musical trends by attending classes and workshops. 
    Besides music, I enjoy roller skating, knitting, my dog Benny, and being with/performing with my family.
    I look forward to working with you this year teaching you how to play the string instrument!
    Mrs. Gross🎻
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