Some of the most talented musicians in the Inland Empire shared the stage in December, when the SBVC Concert Band and Indian Springs High School String Ensemble and Band performed together at the San Bernardino Valley College Auditorium.

Each semester, the SBVC Band tries to collaborate with a local high school for at least one concert. in the spring, Professor Margaret Worsley asked Daryl Hernandez at Indian Springs High School if he would be interested in teaming up for a performance. He quickly agreed, and also arranged for the school’s drum major, Harry Carrington, and other seniors to join the SBVC Concert Band. “Being able to rehearse with a college ensemble as a high school player prepares serious young musicians for the experience they will be having on their academic and musical journey,” Worsley said.

During the concert, the Indian Springs High School String Ensemble, ISHS Band, and SBVC Concert Band performed separately, and as a grand finale, all of the musicians gathered on stage for a holiday sing-a-long. “By collaborating on one piece of music in a ‘side-by-side’ arrangement, high school students are sitting and performing next to college students,” Worsley said. “For many, this inspires younger players to continue working and practicing their instrument, and is often the spark that inspires them to go to college.”

The next SBVC Concert Band performance is scheduled for May 22 in the SBVC Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.