It was announced recently that the Hillgrove High School bands and orchestra, from West Cobb, have been given the honor of conducting a 12 day concert tour in the spring of 2016 in the People’s Republic of China.
All 400+ students along with band staff and assistants will be given the opportunity of travelling to Beijing and Shanghai and performing at fine arts venues during their 12 day stay, in addition to spending the day at a Chinese high school for cultural and education exchange.
Hillgrove is the first Georgia high school to receive this honor, and their band director Mr. Patrick Erwin and his staff are extremely excited about the opportunity. Mr. Erwin said “We’re extremely humbled and excited over the opportunity this affords our students, and wish to thank Dr. Song Yang and Dr. David Romines for the invitation and support”.
The invitation is being offered by the US-China Cultural & Education Foundation (www.us-chinacef.org), an organization founded in 1996 that is dedicated to “helping American and Chinese people of all backgrounds, from students to artists to businessmen, learn more about their counterparts across the ocean”.
This honor shows the dedication of the Hillgrove band staff and the emphasis placed upon fine arts education at Hillgrove and in Cobb County as a whole, and is one of the many reasons why Cobb County is such a desireable location to live and work.
I am even more proud because my son Adam is a member of the Hillgrove band program! He is looking forward to this opportunity to travel abroad and to experience the another culture first-hand.
For more information on this, please visit the Hillgrove High Band website.