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New York, New York?

The Wakulla High School Band has its eyes set on the big apple. At least 60 teenagers will be flying to New York City this spring to perform at nearby high schools, but their trip may be cut short if they don't come up with the cash.

Meet a group of young, talented, shining stars. Wakulla High School has a unique ensemble that's quickly emerging from its band program, one that's all about jazz.

The jazz band is creating a buzz in Wakulla, now it hopes to do the same in the big apple.

“I think everyone's excited, I mean it's New York. I don't think many have been to New York so it should be fun,” says senior Justin Dause.

“We're going up there to play because I like these kids to perform as much as possible,” adds Becky Carlan, director of bands.

Perform they will if they can pay their way, that's why local celebrities are stepping in, offering their talents at a benefit concert to raise funds and raise awareness.

“Anything to get kids motivated to play and to get them into college,” says Thomas Warner from the movie “Drum Line”.

College is a common goal with this group who says band is life. It's where they build friendships, develop discipline and gain confidence.

“We don't really have time for anything else- it's been our inspiration to succeed in everything,” says senior Christine Salinero.

The benefit concert to help send the band to NYC is called "New York, New York". It will feature several local musicians, celebrities and bands. It begins at 7:30 this Saturday at Wakulla High School.


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