Williamsport Area High School senior glad to be back in class

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Returning to school and the days ahead in class and on stage were on the mind of Tess Clutter, a senior at Williamsport Area High School and a musician.

Clutter said she was in a upbeat mood on West Fourth Street, a few hours before she was scheduled to perform on stage as part of the band Tess and Nuria.

She was among the performers appearing at Williamsport Welcomes the World, a downtown food and entertainment festival that drew hundreds of people, many of whom were attending the Little League World Series.

“Everyone is going back to school and starting college and I’m happy about it,” said Clutter, who plays piano and accordion.

Clutter said she learned to play the piano as a child and that her mother continues to this day to teach piano lessons from home.

Clutter said she also honed her skills on the keyboards playing in the band as part of the Uptown Music Collective, a local collective of musicians, many of whom are in high school or college age.

“We do some coverage pieces and some jazz,” she said.

“I’m just really happy that school is back in session.”