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Williston Middle School Orchestra to perform at inauguration festival

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Fifteen very lucky New Hanover County students are getting ready for the trip of a lifetime. They are participating in the inaugural activities in Washington, DC. The Williston Middle School Student Orchestra has been asked to perform during the Inauguration Heritage Festival this weekend and will attend the Inauguration Parade on Tuesday. Friday was Williston Middle School Student Orchestra's final practice before they hit the road, on their way to play for the inauguration celebration. Eighth grader, Brittany Jones said, "I am so looking forward to going to the inauguration and playing at the festival because we really worked hard." The fifteen 8th graders have been practicing for hours, just about every day since last spring, to make sure they are ready for the presidential inauguration festival, a festival that features student orchestras. "We're doing pretty good. A lot of people said we were better than the high school orchestra during the Christmas concert," said Lanyce Holiday, an 8th grader at Williston. After their performance at the music festival on Sunday, they will attend an inaugural ball. President elect Obama is not expected to be at the festival, but he will be at the inauguration parade on Tuesday, which the students will attend. Pay Long, orchestra director said, "There's going to be 5 million people there. It's going to give us an opportunity to come together and support each other and when they are able to say to their children ‘I was there’, that's going to be my reward." "When I do get older and have children, I can tell them that I went to the inauguration for the first black president," Holiday said. The students have spent months raising money to take this trip. News Channel 3 will catch up with them to hear all about it when they come back home on Wednesday. --great opportunity for the students.

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