SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Some Bossier High School students are in New York City this weekend to perform in Harlem.
The Bossier High School Talented Arts Jazz Band will be in the Big Apple for the New York City Jazz Festival. They were invited to play as guest performers on the historic Apollo stage.
Friday morning, Devon King, Shelby Jeter, Johnny Castillo, Thomas White, Christopher Thomas, Adonnis Brown and their instructors Chris Hand and Deb Webb took off from Shreveport Regional Airport for their big weekend.
"It's really heartening to see so many people supporting the Arts in Shreveport-Bossier City. This is a great place to spread the arts," said Chris Hand, their band director. I think it's important that they know that they are doing something that is really going to change these kids lives. Nobody on this trip has been to New York City some of these kids before. This is the farthest I've ever been from home."
While in the city that never sleeps, the band will participate in clinic sessions with various jazz greats, hear other talented performers, and on Sunday, April 9, perform on stage at the Apollo.
They also plan to visit the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and attend the Broadway show "Cats."