The wind symphony from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School performed on the stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall yesterday in a festival of bands that included just six high school bands from across the country, the local CBS News affiliate reports.
“I started getting the sense that these kids needed something to help them move forward, and that was making music,” the station quoted the band’s director, Alex Kaminsky, as saying.
According to one clarinetist, the group performed a few works that had a beautiful story behind then and, she said, it was best to focus on what was beautiful than on the shooting massacre that occurred a the school on February 14.
The band auditioned for and scheduled the performance well before the shooting, which left 17 people dead in this high school of about 3,200 students. They almost cancelled the trip after the shooting, but decided it would be better to move forward with the performance.
While they were in New York, students from the 65-member band and the adults with them on the trip also visited the 9/11 Museum.
“The museum itself is a testament to the ability to be resilient, as Americans,” the Associated Press quoted one senior band member as saying about the museum. “What happened in my home is just an example of that. … It’s proof that no matter what happens, we’ll come back,” he said.