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MPS hosts 49th Biennial Music Festival

49th Biennial Music FestivalThis week, hundreds of MPS students from more than 70 schools across the district assembled at the UWM Panther Arena and filled it with music! Children in grades 1 through 12 performed in orchestras, bands, and choirs as proud parents and visitors took in their beautiful music on May 4 and 5.

The festival has been held every other year since 1924, with this year marking the 49th biennial celebration. Over the years, thousands of students have experienced the thrill of performing live and gaining the confidence that comes with displaying their musical talents in front of a live audience.

Attendees were treated to performances by honors band and drumline; modern band; world drums; overture band, choir, and orchestra; festival band, choir, and orchestra; and combined bands, choirs, and orchestras performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Hymn to Freedom.”

This year featured a special appearance by MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley as guest conductor of the festival band, leading students in a lively performance of “On, Wisconsin!” The emcee for both evenings was news anchor Shannon Sims of Milwaukee’s own TMJ4.

Congratulations to the many students, teachers, directors, and staff who made this monumental event possible!


Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager
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