Ten NHPS Students Selected To Perform at UConn

Ten high school musicians from Cooperative Arts and Humanities and Hillhouse  High Schools were selected to represent New Haven Public Schools in the first ever UConn 1st Chair Band Festival.  The UConn 1st Chair Festival was held Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the UConn Storrs campus.  The band was comprised of top high school students from around Connecticut and was directed by UConn professors Dr. Jeffrey Renshaw, Dr. David Mills, and Professor Marvin McNeil.
Coop students who participated in the festival include senior Iris Cruz and junior Rachel Jette on flute, sophomores Jesus Cortes and Jocelyn Hernandez on clarinet, sophomore Ade Ben-Salahuddin on trumpet, and freshman Justin Lewis on bass clarinet.
Participating Hillhouse musicians are sophomores Anni Besant on French horn, Rashad McLeain on trumpet, and Zaamir Ali on clarinet and senior percussionist, Patrick Kelly.
The band rehearsed and performed First Suite in E flat by Holst, Festival Scenes by Ito, and Athletic Festival March by Prokofiev on the stage of von der Mehden Recital Hall.

Coop Musicians:
Back Row: Jesus Cortes, Justin Lewis, and Ade Ben-Salahuddin
Front Row: Iris Cruz , Jocelyn Hernandez , Rachel Jette 

Hillhouse Musicians (left to right):
Anni Besant, Rashad McLeain, Zaamir Ali, Patrick Kelly