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KIHS Symphonic Band Performs at Carnegie Hall
After the Spring Concert in 2017, Ms. Mogensen decided to submit the YouTube performance to Super Holiday Tours for our chance to perform at The New York Invitational Music Festival at Carnegie Hall. We were delighted to hear about our acceptance and immediately started fundraising so that our students could have the opportunity to attend.
The KIHS Band Boosters provided a few opportunities for students to fundraiser throughout the school year leading up to our departure to NYC. In December 2018, students had the opportunity to fundraise by selling poinsettias and wreaths for the holidays. In February, the KIHS Band hosted our annual Designer Bag Bingo event and prepared for our 3rd Annual Mattress Fundraiser. Through these opportunities, students had the ability to earn money towards their individual trips and towards the KIHS Band Boosters fund which funded student financial aid. The Band Boosters were also able to donate a large sum to the overall cost of the trip for all students attending.
74 students from the Concert Band (all freshman) and Symphonic Band (10-12 grade students) traveled to NYC to perform as the KIHS Symphonic Band for three full days. 74 musicians from 4 different band classes needed to rehearse together at a time when everyone was available - that happened to be at 6:00 am every Wednesday through February and March. Our Symphonic Band rehearsed and performed the following at Carnegie Hall:
Sea Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre
Arabesque by Samuel R. Hazo
Their performance of these pieces were evaluated by three adjudicators who presented the Symphonic Band with a GOLD rating.
When we were not attending a clinic with Dr. Terry Austin or performing at Carnegie Hall, the students explored the NYC sights. They attended a dinner cruise on the Hudson River with the other accepted ensembles, enjoyed a guided tour through Central Park, Wall Street, and Grand Central Station. The students had the opportunity to observe the 9/11 Memorial and the complete NYC skyline at the One World Observatory at the top of the Freedom Tower.