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Posted May 14, 2013

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Taylor Guitar Ensemble Reprises Washington, D.C., Performances

The group was invited to the nation’s capital for the second straight year.

Taylor students performed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The American Music Salute was so impressed with the Taylor Middle School Guitar Ensemble last year, they invited students to come back again to help mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Taylor students and their director Liz Torres made the trip back to Washington, D.C., in early May. They performed again at the VA Hospital, but the highlight of the trip was playing on the site of King’s pivotal August 1963 speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

“It was a very moving experience for these students,” Torres said. “It has been both an honor and a pleasure to represent the citizens of our great state.”

Torres said the 12 students also visited Arlington National Cemetery and watched the changing of the guard ritual at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

The American Music Salute is a national celebration of music and historic occasions. For two decades, the organization has invited school music groups from around the country to perform at famous landmarks in observance of historic occasions.

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