Sierra Vista Middle School band plays at Carnegie Hall

by Tomoya Shimura

Students from the Sierra Vista Middle School symphonic band recently performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

Sierra Vista was among a handful of schools from across the country selected to play at the National Band & Orchestra Festival. Fifty students from the school performed “Joy Revisited,” “Little English Suite” and “Undertow.”

“It was exciting to tour New York with amazing people and create bonds,” says trumpet player Clara Cho. “Carnegie Hall definitely lived up to its expectations with its golden interior, huge size and red velvet seats. I know that after performing there, I’m more inspired than ever to share our music with others.”

Designated a National Historic Landmark, Carnegie Hall has hosted legendary musicians such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and the Beatles.

“The whole experience was just surreal,” recalls Addie Case, who plays percussion. “Visiting the Rose Museum at Carnegie made the whole experience, even right after performing, still feel like some fantasy. How could we be playing on an internationally renowned stage that had legends like Miles Davis and Billie Holiday play right where we just stood? I dreamed of doing percussion since third grade, but I never even tried dreaming of playing at Carnegie Hall.”

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