HIGH POINT, N.C., May 27, 2014 – The High Point University Wind Ensemble recently had the prestigious opportunity to represent North Carolina at the National Festival of the States in Washington, D.C. The performance, held at the U.S. Navy Memorial, commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.
“This was a landmark opportunity for the HPU Wind Ensemble to represent North Carolina at this nationally recognized concert series,” says Dr. Danny Frye, director of instrumental studies at HPU. “The band worked diligently to prepare a quality musical program that both entertained and inspired the listeners.”
The National Festival of the States is an annual concert series held in various cities throughout the U.S. The theme this year is “A Musical Celebration of Peace.”
Megan Reney, a junior at HPU and member of the wind ensemble, says performing at the U.S. Navy Memorial was an immeasurable honor.
“Having the opportunity to represent HPU while sharing our love and passion of music in this National Festival was an amazing and unforgettable experience for our ensemble,” says Reney. “It was humbling to see the number of people – whether tourists, men and women on their lunch break, or families – who ignored their cell phones and took off their ear-buds to listen and enjoy what we had to share.”
While on tour, the wind ensemble, which is comprised of 37 performers and one director, visited two area high schools and provided performances, clinics and discussions with high school students about college life.
The group also commemorated the trip by touring historic D.C., which included Pennsylvania Avenue, Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Jefferson Memorial, Iwo Jima Marine Memorial and more.
Frye says that while the ensemble is only three years old, the group has progressed by leaps and bounds due to the extraordinary efforts of dedicated and talented students, and he looks forward to more opportunities such as this.
“The Wind Ensemble is consistently striving for excellence in our rehearsals, musical performances and our group interactions,” says Frye. “We hope that the success of this year and our upcoming tour will encourage prospective students to consider HPU as a very strong option for continuing both their academic endeavors and musical passions.”