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Irvington High School Music Students Tour Philadelphia

Members of the Irvington High School music ensembles traveled to Philadelphia for their first combined musical performance tour March 17 to 20.
Members of the Irvington High School music ensembles traveled to Philadelphia for their first combined musical performance tour March 17 to 20. Photo Credit: Contributed

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Members of the Irvington High School music ensembles traveled to Philadelphia for their first combined musical performance tour March 17 to 20.

More than 150 students - members of the school's band, chorus, orchestra and jazz ensembles - and chaperones, participated in the musical tour, with performances and cultural experiences.

The first stop in Philadelphia was the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, where orchestra and chorus members performed at the grand central atrium.

“This was the first time a performing ensemble has ever performed at this site, so Irvington High School made history,” high school music teacher Debra Tuzman said.

The tour continued to West Chester University where the musicians participated in three scheduled clinics taught by college professors who covered topics ranging from sound to technique and style.

Following the clinics, the marching band performed at the Wells Fargo Center prior to the start of the Philadelphia v. Oklahoma City basketball game.

Students took a guided tour of the National Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell and the Academy of Natural Sciences, where they held a performance.

They attended a Philadelphia Orchestra performance, where they heard the works of Bach, Mozart and Haydn.

On the trip's final day, students visited the Reading Terminal Market and attended a performance of “The Sound of Music” at the Academy of Music.

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