MUSE Holds First Official Concert for Charity

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  • Head Band Director Thomas Turpin supports MUSE after their student led performance.

  • The trombones perform in their ensemble.

  • The MUSE Club performs for a crowd in the Domain to raise money for Blue Santa, an organization that gives gifts and toys to children in need.

  • The woodwinds play their instruments for a crowd in the Domain.

  • Madison Metzger ’20, Will Sedberry ’20, Andrew Stevens ’20, and Victor Yu ’21 stand in front of the Domain’s Christmas tree before their performance.

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Members of the MUSE club held their first official band event of the school year on Sunday, Dec. 9. The performance was held at the Domain in front of iPic Theaters where there was a stage for the young musicians to perform on.

“I think the MUSE event was a great way to spread awareness to the community,” Jared Hyman ‘22 said. “Especially at this time of year, it’s always great to spread the holiday spirit everywhere.”

First, all of the members set up their music stands and played the group music, including Joy to the World, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Jingle Bells, and Deck the Halls. Previously, there were two meetings set up for practicing the group music, as it was new music that students were not yet familiar performing.

“I think it’s been really cool,” Will Sedberry ‘20 said. “I felt good performing and I think it’s really nice that we get to come and perform for the community like this. I also think it’s a great thing that we can fundraise using music.”

In addition to performing, MUSE members helped raise money for Operation Blue Santa, an organization that provides gifts to families in need in Austin during Christmas time. As students performed attendees dropped money into a big trombone case set up at the front of the stage. In the end, $140 was raised for the charity.

“I really liked performing in the group performance,” Sydney Thornborrow ‘20 said. “I think that this was a great way to raise money for a good cause and also have fun and help the people who are out here have fun too.”

After the group performance, individual duets, trios, quartets, and quintets performed in five minute time slots. Some of the performances included a flute trio playing Dance of the Reed Flutes, composed by Tchaikovsky, and a saxophone quartet accompanied by a guitarist, performing Ukrainian Bell Carol, arranged by Victory Quartet. Students ended the event by taking a group picture with all of the members who staying until the end.

“I think it’s really nice that we’re playing music for a good cause,” Emily Tran ‘21 said. “It’s really entertaining and it warms your heart. It was a really fun experience and it was nice to have an audience to listen to us.”