Arroyo High Wind Ensemble to Visit Washington DC

Anne Donofrio-Holter

Congresswoman Grace Napolitano paid a visit to the Arroyo High School campus where she attended a rehearsal of the school’s wind ensemble.  Next month, the 45 students will travel to Washington DC for five days where they will perform as part of the Washington DC International Music Festival at the Kennedy Center.
“We were invited to perform following a spectacular unanimous superior rated performance at our regional festival last May,” said Joe Massaro, Arroyo High School band director.
“Washington DC is a vibrant city and the concert hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a stunning venue as well as home to the National Symphony Orchestra,” said Deborah Lee, CEO of World Projects Corporation.  “This is a wonderful opportunity to present your ensemble in this prestigious venue.”
Select high school ensembles from across the country, as well as the general public, will be in attendance.
In addition to the performance, the students will spend some time sightseeing which will include a dinner cruise on the Potomac River where they will be able to view Washington DC from a completely different vantage point.  Students will also attend a workshop with Dr. Dennis Johnson, festival artistic director and director of bands and orchestras at Murray State University in Kentucky.
While in the nation’s capitol, the students will have the opportunity to meet with Napolitano in her DC office.
“We are very proud to receive this invitation to showcase our talented Arroyo wind ensemble,” said Superintendent Nick Salerno. “We know they will represent Arroyo High School and our district well.”

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