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Rufus King music students reach new heights

Carlos Meyers wins composition awardsRufus King High School is celebrating the accomplishments of several of the school’s music students. This spring, Carlos Meyers became the first student from MPS to place in the Wisconsin School Music Association's Composition Competition. Carlos won first place in the high school instrumental ensemble division and second place in the high school piano solo competition. A senior, Carlos is a member of the concert band, marching band, and full orchestra at Rufus King. He also directs the school's pep band for basketball games. In addition, he is a member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony's Senior Symphony, where he plays French horn.

Carlos plans to continue his music education next year and will pursue a degree in music composition at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.

Fellow Rufus King students made their public debut at the Riverside Theater this spring. Eight violinists, primarily freshmen and sophomores, had the chance to accompany the internationally renowned group The Piano Guys during their concert. The Piano Guys have toured and performed throughout the world and their YouTube channel has nearly 1.5 billion video views. The students played during the song “Beethoven's 5 Secrets” in front of a sold-out crowd of almost 2,600 people, and received a standing ovation. The students shared that they were thrilled by this once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform in a theater like the Riverside with a group of professional musicians, and to experience an overwhelming reaction from the audience.

Music teacher Ben Zabor expressed his pride at the success of these students. “This speaks to the power and the value of music education, and is a testament to the years of hard work that these students have put in.”

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