Western North Carolina students to perform in European tour

Nine Hendersonville High students and one alumnus were chosen by the North Carolina Ambassadors 2015 European Tour to travel across Europe and perform with 83 other youth musicians. The high school’s band director and tour director for NC Music Ambassadors, Fran Shelton, will lead rehearsals in Charlotte on June 23 and 24 before joining the group in London on June 25. Students from McDowell High and T.C. Roberson High were also chosen to join the tour.

The musicians will perform a 90-minute combination of Disney selections, marches, overtures, pop music, Beatles tunes and Stars and Stripes Forever in England, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy before returning to the States on July 10.

From Henderson County Public Schools

Press Release

Nine students from Hendersonville High and one alumnus were nominated for the North
Carolina Ambassadors 2015 European Music Tour, which will take 93 of North Carolina’s top
youth musicians to play in concerts in seven European nations.
Led by Hendersonville High’s bands director and NC Music Ambassadors tour director Fran
Shelton, HHS students will join the rest of the Ambassadors in Charlotte for rehearsals June 23
and 24, and depart for London on June 25.
The group will perform in England, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, and will also travel to
Italy and France. Their 90 minute performances will include marches, Disney selections,
overtures, pop music, Beatles tunes, and end with Stars and Stripes Forever. The band members
will return to the United States on July 10th.
NC Music Ambassadors from Hendersonville High are: Mallori McFalls (flute), Reid Gudger
(tuba), Andrew Hein (percussion), Christian Holt (trumpet), Joanna Guy (trumpet), Brian Kurtz
(trombone), Royster Strickland (trombone), Andrew Jenkins (horn), Franklin Blackwell (horn),
Miranda McFalls (photographer).
Area schools that have performing students include TC Roberson and McDowell High School. A
total of 118 staff, students and parents will represent North Carolina on the summer tour.

About Samantha Glaspy
I hail from Hendersonville, N.C., attend Appalachian State University for journalism and am currently an intern at Mountain Xpress. Follow me @samglaspy

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