Kempner HS Marching Band invited to National Concert Band Festival
The Kempner High School Marching Band announced it is the first Fort Bend ISD band to be invited to perform at the renowned National Concert Band Festival, along with only 15 other bands from across the United States, including three others from Texas. The 2014 Festival will be held March 6-8 in Indianapolis, IN.
Organized by the internationally acclaimed Music for All (http://www.musicforall.org) organization, the festival provides a non-competitive atmosphere for growth, cooperative encouragement and mutual respect among music programs, students, parents, boosters and administrators.
“Participating in the festival will provide an outstanding opportunity for students to meet and perform for the top music educators who direct the country’s premier nationally recognized programs,” said Branden Hill, Director of Bands, Kempner High School. “This honor is the latest in an impressive list of achievements our band has worked hard for and attained over the last several years.”
The KHS band plans four performances prior to its departure for Indianapolis in March. In addition, the Marching Cougars will perform at several universities during travel stops on the way to the National Concert Band Festival. By the end of the band’s trip, Hill estimates the students will have performed for over 20 thousand people.
KHS plans to send 56 Honors Band students to the National Concert Band Festival.
To help fund the trip the band booster club is seeking contributions and sponsorships from individuals, local businesses and corporations. “We need to raise about $1,200 per student – $67 thousand – for these students to attend the festival,” said Linda Corredor, KHS Band Booster Club President.
Donations may be made by check payable to KMCBC and mailed to KMCBC, PO Box 2601, Sugar Land, TX 77487-2601 or by visiting the booster club website kempnermarchingcougars.org
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