John Burroughs High School Band headed to the Liberty Bowl

The John Burroughs Band in action.

The John Burroughs Band in action.

The John Burroughs High School band headed to Memphis, Tennessee right after Christmas for a fabulous musical adventure. Two years ago the award winning JBHS band participated in the Sugar Bowl halftime show, and this year they will be showcased at the Liberty Bowl. An elite squad of approximately 50 of the band program’s most dedicated students, from freshmen to seniors, will proudly represent John Burroughs High School on the national stage. “We are really excited to once again have this honor,” stated Tana Barnett, Director of Bands. “It is so great for the kids to see how their hard work in the classroom and all those lonely hours practicing pays off in a performance like the Liberty Bowl.”

To give the students as much experience as possible, the entire four days will be jam packed with musical activities. A visit to Memphis isn’t complete without taking in Graceland. They will get a sense of national history at the Civil Rights Museum, and music history at the Rock and Soul Museum. “We really pride ourselves in giving students in our Instrumental Music Association program a depth of music experience,” explained JBHS IMA President Robert Jung.

The Liberty Bowl will be held December 31 and then students will welcome in the New Year at a special celebration organized for the student musicians performing at the Liberty Bowl. Upon their return, the music program will turn its focus to concert season, where students perform in one of three bands: Concert, Symphonic, and Wind Ensemble, as well as in small ensembles and solo performances. “We try to give the students a broad exposure to music. Those students who choose to continue with music in college have a strong foundation, and those who enjoy music through high school gain a greater appreciation and understanding about music,” added Ms. Barnett.

Other upcoming activities the Burbank community is invited to attend include:

Swing Night – January 19, 2013 – come enjoy and even dance to the Big Band music of yore, all provided by JBHS musicians.

Sweeney Todd – February 8th-10th – JBHS Drama Production, featuring live music from the IMA; Festival Prelude, April 4th – JBHS IMA Free Spring Concert;

Burbank On Parade, April 13th – see the Marching Band strut their stuff in the City of Burbank’s annual parade;

LIVE at the Burroughs Bowl, May 18th – IMA perform scores from various feature movies.

For more information, contact Director of Bands: tanabarnett@burbankusd.org, JBHS IMA Publicity: jbhs_band@yahoo.com. Mail correspondence to: JBHS IMA, 2219 W. Olive Ave., PMB 298, Burbank, Ca 91506-1999. You can also visit us on our website at: www.jbhsima.org

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