Dublin High School Concert Band Performs in New York’s Carnegie Hall
For the students involved it was an unforgettable experience – performing before a live audience in New York City’s storied Carnegie Hall. For many musicians, the opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall is a lifelong dream. On Tuesday March 20, 77 Dublin High School student musicians took the stage to perform – one of just six high schools selected to perform in the New York International Music Festival. And while performance was the focus, not competition, Dublin High School’s band was further recognized with a silver award.
The New York trip and performance was the culmination of months of planning by Dublin High School Music Director Paul Everts, parent volunteers and the student musicians (read more in Dublin Patch…). The trip also included a concert in Central Park (the weather cooperated with 70 degrees and sunshine), a tour of New York (including the World Trade Center Ground Zero memorial, Trinity Church, Wall Street and a dinner cruise) and an evening on Broadway (to see “The Lion King”).
Music Director Paul Everts, “Carnegie Hall was inspiring and at the same time breath-taking. As I walked into the back stage area, I did recognize smells and colors from my experience 30 years ago when I was in high school performing with America’s Youth in Concert representing California. To see my students, including my children PJ & Katy, getting the same opportunity is one of the high points of my career and life! The students did a wonderful job in the concert. During the warm up we just sat for two minutes to embrace the achievement… which is still overwhelming.”
For the Dublin community that followed the trip from afar via Facebook, text messages and word-of-mouth updates, here are a few photographs from the trip: