Woodward students play with Toledo Symphony Orchestra

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Woodward High School played host to a special concert tonight where the students got the chance to perform with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

The Pro-Am concert was a great opportunity for the young musicians, and the students held their own, playing just as well as the professionals.

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra has been doing side by side performances for years, performing with two high schools per year.

Members of the Woodward Marching Band and Orchestra mixed in with members of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for a side by side performance.

Both groups performed together a little bit of everything, from the National Anthem, to marches, to classical, to a fan favorite: Pirates of the Caribbean.

The students may have been nervous, but the audience couldn't tell.

The school's band director, as well as the symphony orchestra's special conductor for Tuesday night's concert says the performance is a win-win for everyone involved.

"We are the first TPS school to become a part of this side by side performance and, quite an honor. For TPS, for Woodward, for the Superintendent, just everyone involved for the whole community," said Woodward Band Director Dennis Oehlers.

"One of the great joys of what we do is being able to connect our musical lives to the musical lives of the people who have come before us and the musical lives of the people who have come after us. This moment is kind of capturing that essence," explained Christopher James Lees of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

Toledo Mayor Mike Bell made a special guest appearance tonight as well. In comments to the crowd, he said he couldn't be prouder of the performance of the students.

The Toledo will be performing on Thursday with the Start High School band as well.

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