Kingsburg High school band headed to NY

FRESNO, Calif.

The melodic sounds of this small-town band caught the attention of a big city music festival. Their faces show extreme focus.

Kingsburg High's concert band is one of just six bands selected to perform at Carnegie Hall next week.

"It's very exciting. Like we found about this trip a little less than a year ago and so we've been anticipating it and it's finally here," Lydia Wildes said.

As an audition, band director Michael Schofield submitted a CD recording of the 46 kids performing at a Fresno State festival.

The band will also perform at Central Park and on a dinner cruise.

"It's kind of overwhelming. I try not to think about it in that grand of scale until we're there because I get too nervous," Michael Schofield said.

During rehearsal parents nodded their approval. Several of them will make the trip to New York.

"Chance of a lifetime. The whole family has to go. We gotta see our son. Gotta see the kids and support the town," Michael Peters said.

And the town's been extremely supportive. The kids have sold car wash tickets, fireworks and poinsettias to raise the $1,280 needed to make the trip.

Now they're Big Apple bound. On Tuesday Carnegie Hall presents the Kingsburg High wind ensemble.

As for the build-up, "this week it's been unbearable. You know."

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