(Video by Dennis Oda / [email protected]) DENNIS ODA / [email protected] Roosevelt High School band director Gregg Abe leads the band in a recent rehearsal in the school’s auditorium.DENNIS ODA / [email protected] The percussion section rehearsed a section of composer Viet Cuong’s work “Diamond Tide,” using crystal wineglasses containing different amounts of water. The musicians used chopsticks to tap on the glasses, occasionally tilting them to “bend” the pitch.DENNIS ODA / [email protected] The saxophone and trombone sections play during a rehearsal.DENNIS ODA / [email protected] At a recent rehearsal for an upcoming performance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Roosevelt High School band director Gregg Abe coached band members on standing up and taking a bow. Look up the biography, the long or short version, of any acclaimed musician and you’ll see the phrase “debuted in Carnegie Hall” followed by the date. And mostly likely every single one remembers the experience. “There is simply no place like it. The first time I stepped foot in Carnegie Hall was in 1964,” the multiple Grammy Award-winning maestro Leonard Slatkin once said. Next month, a group of Roosevelt High School student musicians will share that thrill. Led by Roosevelt band director Gregg Abe, about 60… Read full this story
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