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LIGHTNING PHOTOS: HHS band rehearses for Carnegie Hall

Abbie Hudson Abbie Hudson

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, just over a hundred musicians are going over and over the pieces that they will perform in just over a month.


Until the piece sounds right, Fran Shelton, the longtime band director at Hendersonville High School, will push. If the clarinets don't come in on cue, the band will play the measure again. If a sax player is out of tune, she'll call out the sax player. If a trumpet player cracks a note, woe is the life of that trumpet player.
The band members are dressed in T-shirts and sneakers, like they would rather be outside in the nice weather. Inside the band room, things remain dead serious. This time of year, the theme on Oakland Street is all work and no play. ...

 

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