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Music festival to play out this weekend
Turlock Unified School District and Turlock Education Foundations Festival on the Green, pictured here from last years event, will feature more than 600 student musicians and singers from around the District. The festival begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. - photo by Journal file photo

There is arguably no better way to celebrate the beginning of spring than to venture outside and listen to exceptional music at Turlock Unified School District and Turlock Education Foundation’s fourth annual Festival on the Green.

“This is a wonderful event that showcases to the community the students and music programs we have within the District,” said TEF president Barney Gordon. “I hope that community members, even those without students performing, will come and enjoy the great weather and watch great performances while being surrounded by great people.”

During the day-long festival, guests can enjoy performances from over 600 band, orchestra, and choir students from throughout the District. Additionally, the gaps between musical events will be filled with student group performances on the quad’s outdoor stage.

“The Festival on the Green is a direct result of the growth of the wonderful music programs we’ve got in the District,” said Gordon. “It’s an opportunity to showcase the talented students throughout the district not only to parents, but also to the community at large.”

Gordon also reports that the festival is the perfect opportunity for younger students and their parents to get a first-person glance at the full scope of opportunities available to them as they advance through their educational careers.

In addition to musical performances, guests can also expect over 35 vendor, information, and activity booths. Barney reports that one activity booth will feature child-focused activities, courtesy of the Carnegie Arts Center and the City of Turlock.

Guests are also able to purchase breakfast and lunch from TEF, which will boast a menu of breakfast burritos, hamburgers, hotdogs, Domino’s pizza, nachos, and more.

All funds raised from the Festival will go towards the Musical Instrument Repair and Replacement Fund, an initiative begun by TEF to help support the district-wide music program.

Another fundraiser for the program, entitled “Raise Some Dough” will also kick off the same day at Domino’s Pizza in Turlock.

For every customer that mentions TEF while ordering a pizza from Domino’s until March 29, the restaurant will donate 20 percent of the bill to the Musical Instrument Repair and Replacement Program. Those who are ordering online can use Promo Code 70.

The fourth annual Festival on the Green is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pitman High School, 2525 W. Christoffersen Parkway. The schedule for the festival is as follows: Choir at 10 a.m., Orchestra I at 12:30 p.m., Orchestra II at 2 p.m., Band I at 4 p.m., Band II at 5:30 p.m.