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Hart band to play in Washington

Students to compete against musicians from U.S. high schools, colleges

Posted: April 18, 2009 10:54 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2009 6:00 a.m.
 
Fifty students from Hart High School are going to Washington, D.C. to perform in an international music festival.

The students of the Hart High School Wind Ensemble are gearing up for a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts as part of an exclusive invitation to the Washington, D.C. International Music Festival.

"I'm very excited and very proud. They work very hard to put these types of performances on," Anthony Bailey, band director said Friday, of his students.

The Newhall school is one of six high school music groups from across the country invited to perform in the Washington, D.C. International Music Festival.

A wind ensemble is, in general terms, a concert band composed of wind, brass and percussion instruments.

Hart High School was the only California school selected for the festival.

The fourth annual music festival, hosted by World Projects Corporation, gives the nation's top high-school and collegiate musical ensembles the chance to perform and be judged in a world-class venue.

Banquets and social activities are also part of the itinerary.

"It's a great opportunity for kids to meet fellow band members from all over the country," Bailey said.

The wind ensemble has performed at other festivals, including the Music for All National Festival and the Western Band Association Regional Concert Band Festival, Bailey said.

The students leave Tuesday night for the East Coast and will come back April 28, a day after their April 27 performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Bailey said.

The members of the Wind Ensemble are excited about their upcoming performance.

"Very few people are able to have that opportunity," senior Julia Riley said.

Riley, who has played the flute since elementary school, is proud of what the ensemble accomplishes.

"It's difficult and challenging. We've been working really hard," she said.

Senior Caitlin Carpenter enjoys playing music with her friends in the ensemble.

She is looking forward to taking her performance to a new and historic venue.

"All we keep hearing is how amazing it is to play in there with the acoustics," she said.

The rare invitation to the festival is a reflection of what the 50 high school students achieve.

"I think we just have a really great mix of dedicated students," Bailey said. "I like to think we provide a great music education for our students."

Bailey hopes to create a learning experience that goes beyond a student's high school years.

"To me, it's really important that they have a lifetime participation in music," Bailey said.

Bailey encourages students to start their own music ensembles.

"There a ton of things these students can do to bring music to their communities," Bailey said.

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