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EMS Eagle Winds honor band to play at UGA festival
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Ebenezer Middle Schools honor band, Eagle Winds, has been invited to play at the University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival next month. - photo by Photo provided

Ebenezer Middle School’s Eagle Winds honor band has been chosen to perform at the 24th annual University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival in December.

Only five bands from across Georgia are selected each year for the prestigious event. The band, under the direction of Kenza Murray, was chosen based on a recording of its performance at a large-group evaluation in March.

The EMS Eagle Winds honor band was established in the fall of 2013 and is the school’s premier performing ensemble. The honor band is comprised of 55 seventh- and eighth-grade band students who were selected through an audition process. The band meets on an extracurricular basis, holding rehearsals before and after school.

“I am extremely proud of our students for being selected for such a prestigious event,” Murray said. “We are so blessed to have such amazing students at EMS, and I know they will represent our school and district well.”

The Eagle Winds will perform Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. at the Hodgson Concert Hall at UGA's Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The concert is free to the public.

The band will perform four songs: “Into the Clouds” by Richard Saucedo, “Joyful Is the Morning Sun” by Matt Conaway, “Flourish and Festivity” by Douglas Akey and “Arabian Dances” by Roland Barrett.