There's an oft-told quip that reads, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice!"
Dedication to playing their instruments every day to fine tune skills, while also rehearsing challenging, collegiate- level repertoire certainly had a hand in earning the Wind Symphony a spot at the 2020 New York Invitational Music Festival.
"I am incredibly proud of our band directors and students for being invited to play in New York City! Their hard work, along with the support of our parents, has given us yet another opportunity to showcase the talent that exists at Oconomowoc High School at this prestigious event," said OHS principal Jason Curtis.
Wind Symphony students and their parents are also well aware another crucial component required to "get to Carnegie Hall" is to fundraise, fundraise, fundraise.
The parent volunteer group, OHS Band Aids has been reaching out to community organizations, as well as organizing fundraising opportunities to help offset some of the expenses for 57 student musicians, staff and chaperones making the bus trip to New York City in April.
"The community has really responded so positively to the news of the OHS Wind Symphony performance at Carnegie Hall. Our goal is to raise $45,000, which is about half of what this trip will cost," explained OHS Band Aids president Jen Mortensen. "The kids worked so hard for this opportunity, and Mr. Krofta has this amazing way to inspire them. You hear that in every single concert."
Within the last couple of weeks, several Oconomowoc community organizations and service groups have already pledged their support through grants and donations, including the Oconomowoc Area Foundation, the Courtney Bella Imagine A Day Foundation, the Oconomowoc Rotary Foundation, and the Oconomowoc Kiwanis Breakfast Club.