• A Bountiful Spring Harvest


    Not of edible crops, but instead the lovely sounds being heard out of the mouths and musical instruments of Huntington Middle School (“HMS”) students. Sixty percent of HMS students participate in the outstanding Music program offered by the middle school. During the past seven months, the students have diligently practiced every day at school under the guidance of the dedicated HMS performing arts teachers. They have learned to express themselves with the language of music, which they use now in their performances and which they will carry with them throughout their lives.

    The “Spring Harvest” showcased an abundance of HMS talent. Seussical the Musical, in which more than 50 student cast members participated, gave the community an impressive performance. In late March another crop was harvested: the Jazz Band went to the Fullerton Jazz Festival, where San Marino’s middle school Jazz students competed mostly with high school students and even college students. The music program continued its performance schedule through Spring break, during which, the HMS Orchestra performed at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York. On the weekend of April 21, the Wind Ensemblewent to Disneyland to compete at the Anaheim Heritage Music Festival, and brought home the gold medal and outstanding award (continuing the impressive list of honors and awards earned by the music program at the HMS in recent years). This Thursday April 26, the Bel Canto HMS choir is traveling to New York and will take part at the New York Festival of Gold. This “Harvest” of musical and performing arts talent results from the dedication of our fine students and staff, and is only possible through the financial support of the San Marino community and parents.

    In a time when most school districts are cutting performing arts education due to budget constraints, we are grateful to those that value quality public education and support our students through donations to the San Marino Schools Foundation and booster organizations.

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