The Canutillo Middle Honor Band qualified to play at Carnegie Hall by earning a Gold First Place Finish at the WorldStrides Heritage competition in California.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students and we want to make sure they have the chance to experience this honor,” said Christian Rodriguez, the band director at Canutillo Middle.
“We know that with the support of the community, we will be able to give each one of these students the experience of playing on a world-class stage like Carnegie Hall.”
Canutillo ISD officials added, “The middle school band program is dedicated to integrity, responsibility, honesty, building strong minds, and strong teamwork…our band is constantly complimented on our great performances and the behavior of our students.”
In May, the band took First Place at the WorldStrides Music Festival and won the Spirit of Anaheim Award, given only to one high school or middle school performing group that demonstrates professionalism, concert etiquette, best concert attire, most school spirit, and excellent sportsmanship.
Canutillo Middle School is partnering with the El Paso Community Foundation to collect donations that will help for travel expenses to New York. They need to raise $117,000 by March 31, 2019.
Donations will help the CMS Honor Band fulfill its core mission and provide travel funds for this extraordinary opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall.
For those wishing to donate, they can visit the Community Foundation’s website.
The performance is scheduled for April 17-21, 2019.