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Thursday June 2, 2016 at 12:50pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: District, High School


They were up before sunrise, with instruments packed, ready for a full day’s flight of the big city – and The Planets!


On the summery morning of May 27, Minisink Valley High School Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble arrived at Lincoln Center and took their places at the Josie Robertson Plaza. Directed by band teachers Mr. Joseph Horner and Mr. Tom Stickney, each band performed two pieces, with the iconic Revson Fountain for a backdrop.  


Inside the David Heffen Hall, they voyaged through Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” with the New York Philharmonic.  After a tour of Chelsea Market, they crossed over to the Chelsea Piers and boarded a Spirit Cruise around the New York Harbor.


“When planning this year’s trip for the High School Band, Mr. Stickney and I were hoping for a change of pace, with a greater cultural focus.  Mr. Stickney looked for opportunities in Manhattan, and that's how the idea of performing at Lincoln Center originated,” said Mr. Horner.


“Playing at Lincoln Center was a great experience.  We got lots of positive feedback from the audience. An elderly lady took the time to tell us we sounded amazing, that we were all so good. And the New York Philharmonic was so beautiful, it made me want to cry,” said Ileana, a freshman.


“The day was both relaxing and exciting. The New York Philharmonic gave me a greater respect and appreciation for professional musicians,” said George, a 9th grader.