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KTBA Sends High School Choir to Music Festival in New Orleans!

BILLINGSLEY, AL – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation is sending an all-girls choir from Billingsley School to a handful of amazing music festivals!

“This year I have a new experience – an all girls choir!” Mrs. McGalliard explains.

“These exceptionally talented young ladies just thrill my heart every day. They are ready for any challenge, and earnestly work to improve their vocal skills in every rehearsal. Even though most of them did not come into the choir with a background of music literacy, they are now singing three part pieces, in Latin, and doing a fabulous job. In just a few short weeks, they have made amazing progress.”

These wonderful musicians are working hard to have a Christmas program ready to share at a children’s hospital and at area nursing homes this year.

“This is extra work, as we are also perfecting our pieces for competition at the Fair in October, and later in the year at other music festivals,” she adds.

While the singers are all girls, our student accompanist is a young man who is an outstanding pianist.

“I am so very proud of all these students, both as musicians and as people. They are a loving, caring and hard working group, and I can’t wait to see what they accomplish this year.”

The choir will have an opportunity to sing for highly qualified college professors of choral music. The feedback from these professionals at events like this are always so encouraging and affirming for the students.

“They are complimented for the levels they have achieved and are challenged to keep improving. There is an onstage clinic with one of the judges and this interaction is always highly beneficial to the students. While on the trip, we will also experience the street musicians and unique culture of New Orleans.¬†We are a small, rural, Title I school, and our students do not regularly have the opportunity for travel.
It is so educational to experience a trip such as this, and we are eagerly looking forward to this event!”

Thanks to the donations of Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like you, these girls will have an opportunity to take their musician ship to new heights and experience another level of competition that they would not be exposed to in any other activity!

Ms. McGalliard expresses her gratitude:

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Paying for transportation to our festival trip is always the biggest hurdle we encounter and you just made it so much more attainable for us! We are a small group in a Title I school, and fundraising is a real challenge, so your generosity means more than you know.

Our choir participated in our first competition of the year last week and we received a Superior rating, which is the highest rating possible. We are looking forward to our competition in New Orleans and we greatly appreciate your support!

With gratitude,
Mrs. McGalliard

Every week, Keeping the Blues Alive donates to a school in need of music supplies, sheet music and more!

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