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Peer Music Program Holds Winter Showcase Featuring Alexandria Schools Students

Student musicians performed during the Music Buddies program Winter Showcase. (Photo: ACPS)

ALEXANDRIA, VA-The Music Buddies program is a peer to peer music program based in the DC metro area. It is sponsored by the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra with the goal of providing young musicians the opportunity to learn and grow

Music Buddies recently held its Winter Showcase featuring 19 orchestra students from Francis C. Hammond Middle School, George Washington Middle School, and Charles Barrett Elementary School.

Leading up to the performance, each participant took lessons from a member of AYPO each week. During the lessons, they not only learned their parts for the ensemble but also worked on soloing.

A list of Showcase musicians follows:

Viola: Erick Cruz, Shabib Hossain; Violin: Adil Adim, Mariam Elamir, Teresa Garcia, Gianna Hernandez, Samuel Hernandez, Aiden Hunter, Swaiya Marshall, Charlotte Masele, Sara Negusse, Naomi Sheppard, Daniel Waqif, Isabella Yang; Cello: Luniva Desar

GW — Violin: Walter Reppond-Weisz; Cello: Wesley Marvin, Claudia Reading

Barrett — Cello: Evie Anderson

[SEE ALSO: School Board Aproves Combined Funds Budget]

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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