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Truckee High bands shine on annual Goodwill Tour

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The Truckee High Symphonic Band competes at Santa Theresa High School in San Jose as part of the Music in The Parks Festival.

After performing first at three TTUSD elementary schools, the Truckee High School jazz and symphonic bands, under the direction of Mr. Jesse Steele, recently completed their annual Goodwill Tour.

Truckee's band members delighted hundreds of young students at three elementary schools in Rocklin, wowing the crowds with their high-quality jazz performances, sharing percussion instruments with youngsters, teaching about various instruments, and inspiring future jazz and rock musicians.

The elementary students were thrilled! The three-day tour also included a beautiful symphonic band performance for patients at Arden Post Acute Rehabilitation Center.

One of the patients there loved the band so much he surprised the students by wearing his own Truckee Wolverines Band sweatshirt given to him years ago on another Truckee High Goodwill Tour.

While their many musical performances on tour were superb, the Truckee High students also excelled at working together as a team throughout the trip, including moving all musical equipment for more than 45 musicians to the four different venues in one day.

They were certainly positive ambassadors of our town. The second day of the tour, Truckee High's symphonic band donned its formal wear to compete in part of a festival that collaborates with amusement parks across our nation called Music In The Parks.

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THS earned first place in the high school division as well as being awarded "Best Overall High School Band" in this festival.

The band members also enjoyed time at Great America Amusement Park, where a few Truckee High students braved the karaoke stage and caused crowds to gather to hear their vocal performances in the park.