Wilson band performs at Universal Studios

Just before graduating the Wilson Middle School concert band took a two-day trip to Universal Studios in Los Angeles for the "Lights, Camera, Music," show.

The program spotlights choirs, concert bands, orchestras, jazz ensembles, dance/drill teams and cheerleaders from throughout California. The Wilson band had to submit an audition tape in order to participate in the program.

"They don't just pick anyone," Wilson Director Nora Allstedt said. "You have to meet certain expectations that they have."

Allstedt received the letter of acceptance shortly after sending the audition tape. She said this was the first year Wilson was able to attend the program but hopes to do it again.

"We played a few songs to the audience and then had like seven hours to do whatever," Esperanza Ruiz said. Ruiz plays the flute in the concert band.

Kevin Thurow said the Wilson band was the only band to play the day they participated in the event, though Allstedt said they were one of two bands that played the entire week.

"It made the kids proud that they got to play in a bigger place," Thurow said. "And it was a lot of fun."

Wilson has three different bands; jazz, concert and warrior, all under the direction of Allstedt.

The concert band, along with the Wilson choir, directed by Mendy Lovik, visited Rocky Hill Elementary School on June 10 and performed a variety of tunes including the theme from major motion pictures "Shrek," "Jurassic Park," "The Little Mermaid" and "E.T." The concert helps to recruit interested students into the music program who will enter Wilson in the coming years.

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