First Performance National Day of Celebration
Harrison Middle School students performed a free concert at 9 a.m. Thursday, November 21, at the High School Performing Arts Center as part of a national initiative highlighting young new musicians.
The Sixth Grade Beginning Band was believed to be the only band in Arkansas participating in the First Performance National Day of Celebration, a nationwide program showcasing musicians that have recently begun their instrumental band careers.
"This day has been designed to recognize the achievements of beginning band students," said Debbie Wilson, the district's director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. "Harrison Public Schools has the oldest established band program in the State of Arkansas, founded in 1905. So you can see, our school board, administration, faculty, and community have supported music education for many years."
The students who took the stage Thursday morning were performing their very first concert. Harrison Middle School's fifth- and sixth-grade students came out to support their classmates, and a large contingent of parents also filled the theater.
"We are honored to have the outstanding students on our stage today begin their legacy as part of the Harrison Band Program," Wilson added.
Before the 30-minute performance, the audience heard from Wilson, Band Director Montgomery Hill and Harrison Middle School Assistant Principal Trent Brewer. Saied Music Company, who sponsored the event, sent a representative to attend and the Harrison Golden Goblin Marching Band performed the national anthem.
"At Harrison Middle School, we value music education and believe that band programs help to teach the skills needed to succeed in school," Brewer said. "Playing an instrument takes physical coordination and mental concentration. All of these students on the stage today have demonstrated the ability and desire to play an instrument and have earned membership in the Harrison Middle School Beginning Band! Congratulations band, we are all proud of you!"