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South Pointe Band Performs in "Windy City"

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   880 S. Lemon Avenue
May 5, 2014                                                                          Walnut, CA 91789

Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204

Celebrating Musical Excellence
South Pointe Band Performs at Chicago Symphony Hall

WALNUT, CA--The South Pointe Middle School Band recently performed in the Heritage Festival of Gold at the renowned Chicago Symphony Hall.  

South Pointe was the only middle school ensemble among 22 high schools at the “Windy City” concert.

The 116-member group qualified to perform by submitting a recording and from consistent high scores during past Heritage Festivals.  

“As a music teacher, I have been very pleased with the level these students have attained this year.  They truly have been committed to excellence in every aspect of their practice.  It was humbling to be rewarded on the stage in Chicago when we were the only band to receive a standing ovation from the audience,” said Director Susan Willmering. 

“It goes to prove that these young students are not just playing notes but are connecting with the audience on another level and are able to evoke their passion for music through their performance.”

“We were the only band - out of eight there - to receive a standing ovation!” said Director Susan Willmering.

During their Chicago experience, March 28-April 1, the musicians participated in three clinics and three master classes at Northwestern University.

Students received extensive one-on-one time with internationally known musicians. The French horns sections worked with Gail Williams and the percussionists worked with She-e Wu.

South Pointe students also toured the city. They trekked to the top of Willis Tower, walked out onto the glass, and gazed out at the 103-story city view

They took in the Cloud Gate sculpture, unofficially dubbed The Bean, at Millennium Park; visited the Museum of Science and Industry where students controlled a three-story high tornado; saw an exciting Blue Man Group concert, and more!

“It was an amazing experience for everyone involved,” Willmering said.


South Pointe band members participated in clinics and master classes at Northwestern University. The French horn sections worked with teacher Gail Williams. 

Students got hands on experience at Chicago's incredible Museum of Science and Industry. 

South Pointe percussionists worked with She-e Wu during a master class. 

The South Pointe Middle School Band performed at Chicago Symphony Hall during the Festival of Gold.